gloxinia

noun
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, 21 Dec. 2019 Don’t be concerned if gloxinia or cyclamen die down after blooming. oregonlive, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gloxinia. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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