Definition of Babiana in English:

Babiana

noun

  • A genus of southern African plants of the family Iridaceae, comprising spring-flowering perennial plants which grow from corms and produce spikes of funnel-shaped yellow, purple, or scarlet flowers. Also (usually in form babiana): a plant of this genus.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Curtis's Botanical Magazine. From scientific Latin Babiana from South African Dutch babianer, in same sense; compare -a. The South African Dutch and Afrikaans names were given to the plants because their subterranean stems are eaten by baboons.

Pronunciation

Babiana

/ˌbabɪˈɑːnə/