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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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Chicken mole gets twisted into rice balls, hibiscus gets tucked into tacos and more. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "DeLand Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Up collection is full of antioxidants, like hibiscus and argan extracts, to nourish the skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Everything In Amazon's Fast Beauty Co. Sheet Mask Line Is Under $20," 14 Mar. 2019 Stretching over three acres, the labyrinthine path is nearly two and a half miles of more than 14,000 colorful Hawaiian plants, including hibiscus, croton, heliconia and more. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010 If you, like some of the Lab's testers, want the product with a different scent, there are five other options available: green tea and avocado, coconut and guava, Hawaiian hibiscus, fig and pomegranate, and berry and sage. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 The bold line of lipsticks includes 24 shades blended with whole crushed flowers (rose, lavender, jasmine, and hibiscus). Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Origins Launches Blooming Bold Lipstick and Sheer Lip Balm Made With Real Flowers," 28 Sep. 2018 More than 150 different varieties of exotic hibiscus plants will be featured at the sale. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Hibiscus Society organizes show, sale," 26 May 2018 At Odd Duck’s bar, Kelley soon will be launching a drink made with hibiscus. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hibiscus is the flower that's good enough to drink (and eat)," 24 Apr. 2018 Perfumania also has the DL on the fragrance notes: top notes of red berries, plum, and peach; mid notes of hibiscus flower, violet, tuberose, and coconut water; and base notes of vanilla, patchouli, amber, and musk. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna Just Dropped Reb'l Fleur Love Always, a Remix of Her Very First Fragrance," 29 Aug. 2018

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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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