hol·​ly·​hock | \ ˈhä-lē-ˌhäk How to pronounce hollyhock (audio) , -ˌhȯk \

Definition of hollyhock

: a tall widely cultivated biennial or perennial herb (Alcea rosea synonym Althaea rosea) of the mallow family that has large coarse rounded leaves and tall spikes of showy flowers and that is probably of Asian origin

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Examples of hollyhock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This group primarily includes hollyhock, delphinium, columbine and foxglove. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 25 Nov. 2020 Phlox, hollyhock, foxglove, lantana, and butterfly bush are all good choices. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 June 2020 Representations of Barnsdall's favorite flower, hollyhock, appear on furniture and windows throughout the home. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 6 Apr. 2020 Hosta, grasses and daylily can produce six or more, while hollyhock and coral bells may only yield three. oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2020 Towers of hollyhock animate one corner with their showy hot-pink-and-white blossoms. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2020 For the latter, check out things like bee balms, columbines, lupines, foxgloves, hollyhocks, cleomes, impatiens and petunias. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2020 For cool-season color, sow and plant alyssum, bachelor’s button, calendula, coreopsis, delphinium, hollyhock, and poppy. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, 10 Feb. 2020 Many of the Malva family members are popular with hummers, but hollyhocks are a good place to start. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hollyhock

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hollyhock

Middle English holihoc marshmallow, from holi holy + hoc mallow, from Old English

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“Hollyhock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hollyhock. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hollyhock

: a tall plant with rounded leaves and brightly colored flowers


hol·​ly·​hock | \ ˈhä-lē-ˌhäk How to pronounce hollyhock (audio) \

Kids Definition of hollyhock

: a plant with large rounded leaves and tall stalks of bright showy flowers

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