or al·thae·a

  1. the rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus.
  2. any plant belonging to the genus Althaea, of the mallow family, having lobed leaves and showy flowers in a spikelike cluster, including the hollyhocks and marsh mallows.

Origin of althea

1660–70; < New Latin, Latin althaea < Greek althaíā marsh mallow


  1. a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “wholesome.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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