- any of several plants belonging to the genus Alcea (or Althaea), of the mallow family, native to Eurasia, especially A. rosea, a tall plant having a long cluster of showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin of hollyhock
1225–75; Middle English holihoc, equivalent to holi holy + hoc mallow, Old English hocc
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Examples from the Web for hollyhock
"I think you are right," sighed the hollyhock from the ground, where he had fallen.
"I think she is deep, Miss Rose," said the Hollyhock, near by.
However, the food will be a great help to old Miss Hollyhock.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home
Laura Lee Hope
Then I got me this hollyhock and sat down here to look at it alone.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Clara had pulled a button from a hollyhock spire, and was breaking it to get the seeds.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
- a tall widely cultivated malvaceous plant, Althaea rosea, with stout hairy stems and spikes of white, yellow, red, or purple flowersAlso called (US): rose mallow
C16: from holy + hock, from Old English hoc mallow
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Word Origin and History for hollyhock
mid-13c., holihoc, from holi "holy" (see holy) + hokke "mallow," from Old English hocc, of unknown origin. Another early name for the plant was caulis Sancti Cuthberti "St. Cuthbert's cole."
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