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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Hollyhocks live longer, but are a little difficult to get started.
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Origin and Etymology of hollyhock
Middle English holihoc marshmallow, from holi holy + hoc mallow, from Old English
First Known Use: 1548See Words from the same year
HOLLYHOCK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hollyhock for English Language Learners
: a tall plant with rounded leaves and brightly colored flowers
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Definition of hollyhock for Students
: a plant with large rounded leaves and tall stalks of bright showy flowers
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