[ hol-ee-hok, -hawk ]
/ ˈhɒl iˌhɒk, -ˌhɔk /


any of several plants belonging to the genus Alcea (or Althaea), of the mallow family, native to Eurasia, especially A. rosea, a tall plant having a long cluster of showy, variously colored flowers.


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Origin of hollyhock

1225–75; Middle English holihoc, equivalent to holi holy + hoc mallow, Old English hocc
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British Dictionary definitions for hollyhock

/ (ˈhɒlɪˌhɒk) /


a tall widely cultivated malvaceous plant, Althaea rosea, with stout hairy stems and spikes of white, yellow, red, or purple flowersAlso called (US): rose mallow

Word Origin for hollyhock

C16: from holy + hock, from Old English hoc mallow
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