[ey-buh l-mosk]

Origin of abelmosk

1765–75; < New Latin abelmoschus < Arabic ḥabb al-musk musk seed, equivalent to ḥabb seed + al the + musk (< Persian; see musk)
Also called ambrette, musk mallow.
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British Dictionary definitions for abelmosk


  1. a tropical bushy malvaceous plant, Hibiscus abelmoschus, cultivated for its yellow-and-crimson flowers and for its musk-scented seeds, which yield an oil used in perfumeryAlso called: musk mallow

Word Origin for abelmosk

New Latin, from Arabic abu'l misk father of musk
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