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gesneriad Syllabification: ges·ne·ri·ad
Pronunciation: /ɡesˈni(ə)rēˌad/ /jes-/

Definition of gesneriad in English:


A tropical plant of a family that includes African violets, gloxinias, and their relatives.
  • Family Gesneriaceae
Example sentences
  • Volunteer guides roam the greenhouses ready to answer questions about rooms filled with rain forest tropical plants, blooming orchids, aroids and gesneriads.
  • Their catalogue lists more than 100 streptocarpus, around 40 named saintpaulias, a host of other gesneriads, coleus and 60 begonias grown mainly for foliage.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Gesneria (genus name), from the name of Conrad von Gesner (1516–65), Swiss naturalist, + -ad1.

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