gesneriad

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ges·ne·ri·ad

noun \ges-ˈnir-ē-ˌad\

Definition of GESNERIAD

:  any of a family (Gesneriaceae) of tropical or subtropical herbs (as an African violet or gloxinia) with chiefly opposite leaves and highly zygomorphic flowers

Origin of GESNERIAD

New Latin Gesneria, genus name, from Konrad Gesner †1565 Swiss naturalist
First Known Use: 1882

gesneriad

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of more than 3,200 species of mostly tropical and subtropical herbaceous or slightly woody plants in the family Gesneriaceae. None are of economic importance except as horticultural ornamentals; among the latter are the African violets and gloxinias.

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