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gesneriad

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noun ges·ne·ri·ad \ges-ˈnir-ē-ˌad\

Definition of gesneriad

  1. :  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 and Etymology of gesneriad

New Latin Gesneria, genus name, from Konrad Gesner †1565 Swiss naturalist


First Known Use: 1882


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