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.

Examples of hibiscus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bissap, which is a sweetened hibiscus drink, with gin mixed in, garnished with mint. Dawn Davis, Bon Appétit, 20 Oct. 2021 That’s Functional Trending hibiscus drinks are just one example of a growing interest in functional beverages. Anna Haines, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 At Cinder House restaurant and bar at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, this cocktail is bright and bouncy, this vodka punch is infused with hibiscus leaves, fresh lime and pineapple. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Then come the sudden oases of homes, hibiscus rioting over the gates before fizzling out as quickly as fireworks. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Aug. 2021 Another is Jamaica, a hibiscus product that has a bit of spice to it. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2021 The brand’s first release is a dry hibiscus pinot noir with notes of wildflower and dark cherries, with a marigold blend on the horizon — a flower selected for its fortifying health benefits. New York Times, 15 July 2021 Hudson simply captioned her post with an emoji of a hibiscus flower. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Sohn, a Korean immigrant, focused on the hibiscus bloom, the national flower of South Korea. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of hibiscus was in 1706

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21 Nov 2021

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“Hibiscus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hibiscus. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hibiscus

: a type of shrub that has large colorful flowers

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