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African violet

n.
Any of various East African herbs of the genus Saintpaulia, having a basal leaf rosette and a showy cluster of violet, blue, pink, or white flowers, often grown as an indoor ornamental.
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African violet

n
(Plants) any of several tropical African plants of the genus Saintpaulia, esp S. ionantha, cultivated as house plants, with violet, white, or pink flowers and hairy leaves: family Gesneriaceae
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Af′rican vi′olet


n.
a tropical African plant, Saintpaulia ionantha, of the gesneria family, with hairy leaves and purple, pink, or white flowers.
[1940–45]
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Noun1.African violet - tropical African plant cultivated as a houseplant for its violet or white or pink flowersAfrican violet - tropical African plant cultivated as a houseplant for its violet or white or pink flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Saintpaulia, Saintpaulia - east African herb with nodding flowers; widely cultivated
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