- a common garden plant, Mirabilis jalapa, of the four-o'clock family, having tubular red, white, yellow, or variegated flowers that open late in the afternoon.
- any plant of the same genus.
Origin of four-o'clock
First recorded in 1750–60
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- Also called: marvel-of-Peru a tropical American nyctaginaceous plant, Mirabilis jalapa, cultivated for its tubular yellow, red, or white flowers that open in late afternoon
- Australian another name for friarbird, esp the noisy friarbird (Philemon corniculatus): so called because of its cry
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