hibiscus

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noun hi·bis·cus \hī-ˈbis-kəs, hə-\

Definition of hibiscus

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of hibiscus

New Latin, from Latin, marshmallow


First Known Use: 1706


HIBISCUS Defined for English Language Learners

hibiscus

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noun hi·bis·cus \hī-ˈbis-kəs, hə-\

Definition of hibiscus for English Language Learners

  • : a type of shrub that has large colorful flowers


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