Saintpaulia

noun

Saint·​pau·​lia
sāntˈpȯlēə
: a genus of East African herbs (family Gesneriaceae) with nodding flowers having five or seven erect sepals, a nearly rotate bilabiate corolla, and two stamens see african violet

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Baron Walter von Saint Paul †1910 German soldier and colonial administrator in eastern Africa, its discoverer + New Latin -ia

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“Saintpaulia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Saintpaulia. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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