hi·​bis·​cus | \ hī-ˈbi-skəs How to pronounce hibiscus (audio) , hə-\

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

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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.

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Look for beautiful photographs of spearmint and hibiscus, which are harvested in summer. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, "A small organic herbal tea farm flourishes in Northern California wine country," 28 Aug. 2019 Drinks have cheeky names: Cool off with the Cunning Cuttlefish, with rum and ginger, or the Myrtle, with tequila, hibiscus, ginger, and lime. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "NOCA Provisions is closing its doors; Moody’s Delicatessen and Back Room is back," 13 June 2019 Nugget hops and ale yeast combine with watermelon, lime, and hibiscus for a final product that’s somehow both beer and agua fresca. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The 12 Best Summer Beers of 2019," 10 June 2019 In late January, a drone flight made a startling discovery: Hibiscadelphus woodii, a relative of hibiscus last seen in 2009 and believed to be extinct, was still growing on the cliffside. Kristen Pope, National Geographic, "Extinct flower rediscovered in Hawaii, via drones," 18 Apr. 2019 Country Rosé Spritzer: This rosé spritzer is infused with hibiscus and topped with a splash of soda. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair announces new beers, drinks for this year," 29 July 2019 Otherwise, settle in and sip zobo, a gingery drink dyed deep purple from hibiscus, or effervescent palm wine. Los Angeles Times, "Nigerian jollof rice and other joys at Mid-City’s Aduke African Cuisine," 25 July 2019 Dried hibiscus, also known as jamaica, transformed into a syrup gives an assertive acidity to a reimagination of the quintessentially ’80s dish, Chicken Marbella. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Use floral simple syrups in your cooking, not just cocktails," 19 June 2019 Traditions aside, hibiscus is also considered to be a healthful sip. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The Bay Area’s best (and worst) hibiscus teas," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of hibiscus

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hibiscus

New Latin, from Latin, marshmallow

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English Language Learners Definition of hibiscus

: a type of shrub that has large colorful flowers

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