glox·​in·​ia | \ gläk-ˈsi-nē-ə How to pronounce gloxinia (audio) \

Definition of gloxinia

: 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, "Blooming houseplants make beautiful last-minute gifts," 21 Dec. 2019 Don’t be concerned if gloxinia or cyclamen die down after blooming. oregonlive, "Blooming houseplants make beautiful last-minute gifts," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gloxinia

circa 1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gloxinia

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

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The first known use of gloxinia was circa 1820

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“Gloxinia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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