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British Dictionary definitions for gloriosa


  1. any plant of the bulbous tropical African genus Gloriosa, some species of which are grown as ornamental greenhouse climbers for their showy flowers of yellow, orange, and red: family LiliaceaeAlso called: glory lily

Word Origin

New Latin, from Latin gloriosus glorious
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Examples from the Web for gloriosa

Historical Examples

  • The kinds of Yucca are gloriosa, recurva, flaccida, and filamentosa.

    Wood and Garden

    Gertrude Jekyll

  • But my finest discovery here was the Cicindela gloriosa, which I found on mossy stones just rising above the water.

    The Malay Archipelago

    Alfred Russell Wallace

  • I don't insist on a Yucca gloriosa, or a Magnolia speciosissima, (I hope there is such a plant)—a rose or a violet will do.

  • It is difficult to translate the expressive term, 'gloriosa colloquia.'

    The Letters of Cassiodorus

    Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)

  • In Flagellaria indica, Gloriosa superba and others, the midrib of the leaf ends in a tendril.