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gloxinia

[glok-sin-ee-uh]
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noun
  1. any of several horticultural varieties of a plant belonging to the genus Sinningia, of the gesneria family, especially S. speciosa, having large white, red, or purple bell-shaped flowers.
  2. any plant of the genus Gloxinia, of Central and South America, having bluish, white, or pink flowers.

Origin of gloxinia

named after Benjamin P. Gloxin (flourished 1785), German physician and botanist; see -ia
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gloxinia

noun
  1. any of several tropical plants of the genus Sinningia, esp the South American S. speciosa, cultivated for its large white, red, or purple bell-shaped flowers: family Gesneriaceae

Word Origin

C19: named after Benjamin P. Gloxin, 18th-century German physician and botanist who first described it
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