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  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
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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.