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[mahr-vuh l-uh v-puh-roo]
  1. the four-o'clock, Mirabilis jalapa.
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Origin of marvel-of-Peru

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Historical Examples

  • In default of better-loved flowers, the four-o'clock, or marvel-of-Peru, was made into a similar garland.

    Child Life in Colonial Days

    Alice Morse Earle

British Dictionary definitions for marvel-of-peru


noun plural marvels-of-Peru
  1. another name for four-o'clock (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C16: first found in Peru
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