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  1. any tropical shrub belonging to the genus Abutilon, of the mallow family, comprising the flowering maples.
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Origin of abutilon

1725–35; < New Latin < Arabic abūṭīlūn
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Examples from the Web for abutilon

Historical Examples

  • I also have in blossom an Abutilon and three Obconica Primulas.

    The Mayflower, January, 1905


  • Of growing crops, wheat, beans, and hemp—Abutilon avicennae Gaert.

  • A writer in Vick's Magazine describes a method of training the Abutilon that must, we think, be a very attractive one.

    Talks about Flowers.

    M. D. Wellcome

  • Florists' varieties of the Abutilon, such as Boule de Neige, also do well on sheltered walls.

  • I am much obliged for your letter of October 18th, with the curious account of Abutilon, and for the seeds.

British Dictionary definitions for abutilon


  1. any shrub or herbaceous plant of the malvaceous genus Abutilon, such as the flowering maple, that have showy white, yellow, or red flowers
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Word Origin

C18: New Latin from Arabic
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