Definition of hibiscus
: any of a large genus (Hibiscus) of herbs, shrubs, or small trees of the mallow family with large showy flowers and usually dentate leaves
Recent Examples of hibiscus from the Web
Don’t forget to look down, The hibiscus flower at the bottom of the pool was crafted using 630,000 mosaic tiles.
Ruby water with mixed red fruits and hibiscus flowers Makes 32 ounces.
Your taste buds just stop firing properly, leaving you to helplessly swish and gargle your beer in a doomed attempt to detect its subtle notes of hibiscus.
Crab Louis salad is hidden inside a miniature head of iceberg lettuce; duck breast is cured with hibiscus tea and served with green curry duck confit dumplings.
Watch pods of dolphins dance in crystal blue, sub-tropical waters from the deck of an outdoor bar or cruise along coastal Captiva Drive past giant cacti and ruby hibiscus.
That doesn’t stop us from ogling a nice, juicy cheeseburger or a hot-pink hibiscus doughnut every once in a while (or several times a day).
Lightly trimming back a plant, such as a coleus, hibiscus or impatiens, every now and then will keep it more compact and bushy.
Its hibiscus is a versatile liqueur that can be used in desserts, cocktails or sodas.
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Did You Know?
There are about 250 species of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants in the genus Hibiscus, which belongs to the mallow family. They are native to warm temperate and tropical regions. Several are cultivated as ornamentals for their showy flowers. The tropical Chinese or Hawaiian hibiscus, which is also called China rose, has large, somewhat bell-shaped reddish blossoms. The East African hibiscus, a drooping shrub, is often grown in hanging baskets indoors.
Origin and Etymology of hibiscus
New Latin, from Latin, marshmallow
First Known Use: 1706See Words from the same year
HIBISCUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hibiscus for English Language Learners
: a type of shrub that has large colorful flowers
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