Definition of African violet in English:

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African violet

Pronunciation: /ˈafrəkən ˈvī(ə)lət/


A small East African plant with heart-shaped velvety leaves and violet, pink, or white flowers.
  • Genus Saintpaulia, family Gesneriaceae: several species, in particular S. ionantha, a popular houseplant.
Example sentences
  • Fluorescent light gardens are similarly ideal for growing and blooming compact plants like African violets, some orchids, and many other kinds of indoor plants.
  • For color and interest, consider adding flowering plants, such as African violets, roses and geraniums.
  • But hairy-leaved plants, such as African violets, should just be dusted with a dry feather duster or a makeup brush every once in a while.

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Syllabification: Af·ri·can vi·o·let

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