/ˌdʒɛnʃəˈnɛlə; -ʃɪə-/ noun 1. any of various gentianaceous plants, esp the alpine species Gentiana acaulis, which has showy blue flowers 2. any of several related plants of the genus Gentianella
noun 1. the plant family Gentianaceae, typified by herbaceous plants having simple opposite leaves, usually blue flowers with five united petals, and fruit in the form of a capsule, and including the closed gentian, fringed gentian, centaury, exacum, and marsh pink.
gentianophil gen·tian·o·phil (jěn’shə-nō-fĭl’) or gen·tian·o·phile (-fīl’, -fĭl’) adj. Staining readily with gentian violet. gen’tian·o·phil’ic adj.
gentianophobic gen·tian·o·pho·bic (jěn’shə-nō-fō’bĭk) adj. Not staining or staining poorly with gentian violet.