Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, of the natural order Malvaceæ, including the hollyhock, A. rosea, and the marsh-mallow, A. officinalis.
- n. A common name of the Hibiscus Syriacus, cultivated in gardens. Also called shrubby althæa and rose of Sharon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A genus of plants of the Mallow family. It includes the officinal marsh mallow, and the garden hollyhocks.
- n. An ornamental shrub (Hibiscus Syriacus) of the Mallow family.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Althaea; similar to but having smaller flowers than genus Alcea
“[L. althaea, a marsh mallow, f. [the Greek] to heal.]”
“Round the guard-house a number of negro girls, with broad flat baskets on their heads, were selling fruit and cold water: they had decked their woolly hair, and the edges of their baskets, with garlands of the scarlet althaea; their light blue or white cloaks were thrown gracefully across their dusky shoulders, and white jackets, so that it was such a picture as the early Spaniards might have drawn of their Eldorado.”
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