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hibiscus

[hahy-bis-kuh s, hi-]
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noun, plural hi·bis·cus·es.
  1. Also called China rose. a woody plant, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, of the mallow family, having large, showy flowers: the state flower of Hawaii.
  2. any of numerous other plants, shrubs, or trees of the genus Hibiscus, characterized by lobate or dentate leaves and usually profusely blooming flowers.

Origin of hibiscus

1700–10; < New Latin, Latin < Greek hibískos mallow
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hibiscus

noun plural -cuses
  1. any plant of the chiefly tropical and subtropical malvaceous genus Hibiscus, esp H. rosa-sinensis, cultivated for its large brightly coloured flowers

Word Origin

C18: from Latin, from Greek hibiskos marsh mallow
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Word Origin and History for hibiscus

n.

1706, from Latin hibiscum, later hibiscus, "marshmallow plant," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish.

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