glox·​in·​ia gläk-ˈsi-nē-ə How to pronounce gloxinia (audio)
: any of a genus (Sinningia) of tuberous herbaceous gesneriads found from Mexico to Argentina
especially : a Brazilian plant (S. speciosa) widely cultivated for its bell-shaped or slipper-shaped flowers

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Examples of gloxinia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colorful African violets, gloxinia, cyclamen, orchids, ornamental peppers and Christmas cactus are blooming and readily available. oregonlive, 21 Dec. 2019 Don’t be concerned if gloxinia or cyclamen die down after blooming. oregonlive, 21 Dec. 2019

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Word History


New Latin, from B. P. Gloxin 18th century German botanist

First Known Use

circa 1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gloxinia was circa 1820

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“Gloxinia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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glox·​in·​ia gläk-ˈsin-ē-ə How to pronounce gloxinia (audio)
: any of a genus of herbs related to the African violets
especially : one from Brazil often grown for its showy bell-shaped or slipper-shaped flowers

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