/ges near"ee ad', jes-/, n.
any of various, chiefly tropical plants of the gesneria family.
[1880-85; < NL Gesneri(a) a genus name (after K. von GESNER; see -IA) + -AD1]

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Any of more than 1,800 species of mostly tropical and subtropical herbaceous or slightly woody plants in the family Gesneriaceae.

None are of economic importance except as horticultural ornamentals; among the latter are the African violets and gloxinias.

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