gloxinia

[glok-sin-ee-uh]
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:
named after Benjamin P. Gloxin (flourished 1785), German physician and botanist; see -ia

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gloxinia (ɡlɒkˈsɪnɪə)
 
n
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
 
[C19: named after Benjamin P. Gloxin, 18th-century German physician and botanist who first described it]

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The office gardener identified it as a gloxinia, and gave instructions for its care.
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