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  1. any plant of the genus Lavatera, closely resembling mallow and grown for their purple, white, or rose-coloured flowers: family Malvaceae
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Word Origin

named after the two brothers Lavater, 18th-century Swiss doctors and naturalists
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Examples from the Web for lavatera

Historical Examples

  • There are several kinds of Lavatera, mostly from the Old World.

    Field Book of Western Wild Flowers

    Margaret Armstrong

  • The food-plant of the caterpillar is Lavatera assurgentiflora.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland