Any of various perennial herbaceous plants of the (former) genus Zebrina, native to Mexico, Central America, and South America, and widely cultivated as indoor plants, typically having ovate striped leaves and clusters of small pink or purple flowers. Also (in form Zebrina): the (former) genus itself.
Also called Wandering Jew.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Farmer's Magazine. From scientific Latin Zebrina, former genus name from zebra + -ina; so called in allusion to the striped leaves of some species.