- belonging to the Malvaceae, the mallow family of plants.
Compare mallow family.
Origin of malvaceous
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Hibiscus, hī-bis′kus, n. a genus of malvaceous plants, mostly tropical.
It feeds on various species of malvaceous plants and also on the common portulaca.
The caterpillar probably feeds on malvaceous plants, as do most of the species of the genus.
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Malvaceae, a family of plants that includes mallow, cotton, okra, althaea, and abutilon
Word Origin for malvaceous
C17: from Latin malvāceus, from malva mallow
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