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

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circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

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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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