from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several tropical South American plants of the genus Sinningia, especially S. speciosa, cultivated as a houseplant for its showy, variously colored flowers.

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  • n. Any of several South American plants (of the genus Gloxinia or Sinningia) that have showy, colourful flowers


New Latin Gloxinia, name of genus in which S. speciosa was originally classified, after Benjamin Peter Gloxin, 18th-century German botanist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Other plants, such as gloxinia and begonia, are known to have the power of bringing forth a new, complete plant from each of their leaves.

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  • The inn keeper clearly was partial to African violets and gloxinia.

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  • He'd never dreamed the delicate blooms of a gloxinia could be reproduced with such sensual violence.

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  • But he dreaded the thought of her languishing belowdeck, fading like one of her fragile gloxinia blooms deprived of sunlight and fresh air.

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  • A wheeled tea cart, tarnished with age, crouched near the window seat, its surface littered with miniature clay pots overflowing with a profusion of blooming gloxinia.

    Thief Of Hearts

  • Both the gloxinia and her mother were forgotten as Lucy clutched the sketchbook with both arms.

    Thief Of Hearts

  • "I don't know why she chose gloxinia," Lucy went on, plucking away a dead leaf.

    Thief Of Hearts

  • The unbroken vista of sea and sky blurred before her weary eyes as other childhood memories intruded — her father bidding her a stilted farewell on his way to another of his interminable meetings at the Admiralty Court; the long, lonely evenings with nothing but her sketchpad and her gloxinia for company; footsteps shambling past her room in the wee hours of morning.

    Thief Of Hearts

  • Abutilons; agapanthus; alstremeria; amaryllis; anemone; aralia; araucaria; auricula; azaleas; begonias; cactus; caladium; calceolaria; calla; camellias; cannas; carnations; century plants; chrysanthemums; cineraria; clematis; coleus; crocus; croton; cyclamen; dahlia; ferns; freesia; fuchsia; geranium; gladiolus; gloxinia; grevillea; hollyhocks; hyacinths; iris; lily; lily-of-the-valley; mignonette; moon-flowers; narcissus; oleander; oxalis; palms; pandanus; pansy; pelargonium; peony; phlox; primulas; rhododendrons; rose; smilax; stocks; sweet pea; swainsona; tuberose; tulips; violet; wax plant.

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  • But the whole room is filled with books, and those pictures, and the Lionardo da Vinci over the fireplace, and Mr. Boxall's photograph over it, and his drawing vis-a-vis to it at the other end of the room, and by my window a splendid gloxinia with fine full flowers out in a very pretty porcelain pot, both Mr. Codrington's gift.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson


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