- Also called China rose. a woody plant, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, of the mallow family, having large, showy flowers: the state flower of Hawaii.
- any of numerous other plants, shrubs, or trees of the genus Hibiscus, characterized by lobate or dentate leaves and usually profusely blooming flowers.
Origin of hibiscus
Examples from the Web for hibiscus
To accompany breakfast or lunch, there's hibiscus lavender tea or locally roasted Bumper Crop coffee.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café
Jane & Michael Stern
August 4, 2014
Drink: Agua Fresca, especially Flor de Jamaica, hibiscus flower.Nine Amazing Places To Skinny Dip Around The World
September 21, 2013
She had the passionate grace of the hibiscus and the rich colour.The Trembling of a Leaf
William Somerset Maugham
The sides and the roof were then covered with the hibiscus from the grove.Work and Win
We next had to get out some thirty rafters of hibiscus to support the roof.The Island Home
Some azaleas are doing well, verbenas, hibiscus of all kinds.Life of John Coleridge Patteson
Charlotte M. Yonge
Hibiscus, pink, white; four to five feet; August and September.A Woman's Hardy Garden
Helena Rutherfurd Ely
- any plant of the chiefly tropical and subtropical malvaceous genus Hibiscus, esp H. rosa-sinensis, cultivated for its large brightly coloured flowers
Word Origin and History for hibiscus
1706, from Latin hibiscum, later hibiscus, "marshmallow plant," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish.