gesneriad

noun ges·ne·ri·ad \ ges-ˈnir-ē-ˌad \

Definition of gesneriad

: any of a family (Gesneriaceae) of tropical or subtropical herbs (such 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


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of very fine texture or delicate form

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