gloxinia[gläk sin′ē ə]
a cultivated tropical plant (Sinningia speciosa) of the gesneria family, with large, downy leaves and bell-shaped flowers of various colors
Origin of gloxiniaModern Latin after B. P. Gloxin, 18th-c. German botanist
Any of several tropical South American plants of the genus Sinningia, especially S. speciosa, cultivated as a houseplant for its showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of gloxiniaNew Latin Gloxinia, name of genus in which S. speciosa was originally classified, after Benjamin Peter Gloxin, 18th-century German botanist.
- Any of several South American plants (of the genus Gloxinia or Sinningia) that have showy, colourful flowers