gesneriad

noun
ges·​ne·​ri·​ad | \ ges-ˈnir-ē-ˌad How to pronounce gesneriad (audio) \

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

First Known Use of gesneriad

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gesneriad

New Latin Gesneria, genus name, from Konrad Gesner †1565 Swiss naturalist

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“Gesneriad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gesneriad. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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