hollyhock

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noun hol·ly·hock \ˈhä-lē-ˌhäk, -ˌhȯk\

Definition of hollyhock

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of hollyhock

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


HOLLYHOCK Defined for English Language Learners

hollyhock

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Definition of hollyhock for English Language Learners

  • : a tall plant with rounded leaves and brightly colored flowers


HOLLYHOCK Defined for Kids

hollyhock

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noun hol·ly·hock \ˈhä-lē-ˌhäk\

Definition of hollyhock for Students

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



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