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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gesneriad was in 1882

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“Gesneriad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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