Definition of gloxinia in English:



  • A tropical American plant with large, velvety, bell-shaped flowers.

    • ‘Start begonias, caladiums, callas, cannas, dahlias, gladiolus, and hardy gloxinias in pots indoors on a sunny windowsill.’
    • ‘Usually a gloxinia can be kept as an indoor plant, but the ones from seed do not have the strength to grow another year.’
    • ‘African violets, gloxinias and achimenes are beautiful when in bloom, but pretty dull otherwise.’
    • ‘Temperate flowers such as gloxinia, tuberous rooted begonia, altromaria and liluims will be showcased.’
    • ‘Some of my favorite windowsill plants include many varieties of trailing ivy, African violets, primroses, pansies and violets, geraniums, gloxinias, cyclamens, coleus, kalonchoes, peperomias, and heartleaf philodendrons.’


Modern Latin, named after Benjamin P. Gloxin, the 18th-century German botanist who first described it.