Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

streptocarpus

[strep-tuh-kahr-puh s]
See more synonyms for streptocarpus on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Streptocarpus, of the gesneria family, native to Africa and Asia, having showy white, pink, or purplish flowers and often cultivated as a houseplant.
Show More

Origin of streptocarpus

< New Latin (1828); see strepto-, -carpous; so named in reference to the tight spirals formed by the ruptured seed capsules
Also called Cape primrose.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for streptocarpus

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for streptocarpus

streptocarpus

noun
  1. any plant of the typically stemless subtropical perennial genus Streptocarpus, some species of which are grown as greenhouse plants for their tubular flowers in a range of bright colours: family Gesneriaceae
Show More

Word Origin

New Latin, from Greek streptos twisted + karpos fruit (from the shape of the capsule)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012