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hibiscus

[ hahy-bis-kuhs, hi- ]
/ haɪˈbɪs kəs, hɪ- /
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noun, plural hi·bis·cus·es.
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.
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Origin of hibiscus

1700–10; <New Latin, Latin <Greek hibískos mallow
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British Dictionary definitions for hibiscus

hibiscus
/ (haɪˈbɪskəs) /

noun plural -cuses
any plant of the chiefly tropical and subtropical malvaceous genus Hibiscus, esp H. rosa-sinensis, cultivated for its large brightly coloured flowers

Word Origin for hibiscus

C18: from Latin, from Greek hibiskos marsh mallow
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