[ glok-sin-ee-uh ]
/ glɒkˈsɪn i ə /


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.
any plant of the genus Gloxinia, of Central and South America, having bluish, white, or pink flowers.

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Origin of gloxinia

named after Benjamin P. Gloxin (flourished 1785), German physician and botanist; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gloxinia

/ (ɡlɒkˈsɪnɪə) /


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 for gloxinia

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