African violet

noun

Definition of African violet

: any of several tropical African gesneriads (especially Saintpaulia ionantha) widely grown as houseplants for their velvety fleshy leaves and showy purple, pink, or white flowers

First Known Use of African violet

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of African violet was circa 1897

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“African violet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/African%20violet. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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African violet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of African violet

: a tropical plant from Africa that is grown indoors for its purple, pink, or white flowers

African violet

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Kids Definition of African violet

: a tropical African plant often grown for its showy white, pink, or purple flowers and its velvety leaves

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