hibiscus








noun, plural hi·bis·cus·es.

  1. Also called China rose. a woody plant, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, of the mallow family, having large, showy flowers: the state flower of Hawaii.
  2. any of numerous other plants, shrubs, or trees of the genus Hibiscus, characterized by lobate or dentate leaves and usually profusely blooming flowers.

noun plural -cuses

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

1706, from Latin hibiscum, later hibiscus, “marshmallow plant,” of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish.

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