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

  • n. Any of various chiefly tropical shrubs or trees of the genus Hibiscus, having large, showy, variously colored flowers with numerous stamens united into a tube surrounding the style.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flower of the genus Hibiscus, found in tropical to temperate regions
  • n. A cocktail made with champagne and cranberry juice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of plants (herbs, shrubs, or trees), some species of which have large, showy flowers. Some species are cultivated in India for their fiber, which is used as a substitute for hemp. See althea, hollyhock, and manoe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large genus of polypetalous dicotyledonous plants (herbs, shrubs, or trees), of the natural order Malvaceæ, and the type of the tribe Hibisceœ.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

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

  • n. any plant of the genus Hibiscus


New Latin Hibīscus, genus name, from Late Latin hibīscus, variant of Latin hibīscum, marsh mallow, perhaps of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin hibiscus, from Latin hibiscum, from Ancient Greek βίσκος (biskos, "marsh mallow") (Wiktionary)


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