Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hairy annual or biennial plant (Abelmoschus moschatus) native to tropical Asia and having yellow flowers with crimson centers. It is cultivated for its seed. Also called ambrette, musk mallow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evergreen shrub, Abelmoschus moschatus of the East and West Indies and Northern Africa, whose musky seeds are used in perfumery and to flavor coffee; -- sometimes called musk mallow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An evergreen shrub (Abelmoschus moschatus -- formerly Hibiscus moschatus), of the East and West Indies and Northern Africa, whose musky seeds are used in perfumery and to flavor coffee; -- sometimes called musk mallow. The seeds produce ambrette-seed oil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the former genus Abelmoschus. Also spelled abelmusk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bushy herb of tropical Asia grown for its yellow or pink to scarlet blooms that resemble the hibiscus

Etymologies

New Latin abelmoschus, from Arabic 'abū l-musk, source of the musk : 'abū, father, source of; see אb in Semitic roots + al-, the + musk, musk (from Persian mušk; see musk).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin abelmoschus, from Arabic أبو المسك (abu'l-misk, "father of musk"), or حب المسك (ḥabb-el-musk, "grain of musk"), from حب (ḥabb, "grain") + مسك (musk), from Persian مشک (mošk). (Wiktionary)

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