epi·​scia i-ˈpi-sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce episcia (audio)
: any of a genus (Episcia) of tropical American herbs of the gesneriad family that have hairy foliage and are related to the African violet

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Word History


New Latin, from Greek episkios shaded, from epi- + skia shadow — more at shine

First Known Use

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of episcia was circa 1868

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“Episcia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episcia. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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