four-o'clock

noun \ ˈfȯr-ə-ˌkläk \

Definition of four-o'clock

:any of a genus (Mirabilis) of chiefly American annual or perennial herbs (family Nyctaginaceae, the four-o'clock family) having apetalous flowers with a showy involucre simulating a calyx; especially :a garden plant (M. jalapa) with fragrant yellow, red, or white flowers opening late in the afternoon

First Known Use of four-o'clock

1756


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