Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Mirabilis, M. Jalapa, native in tropical America, and common in flower-gardens; the four-o'clock. Its red, white, yellow, or variegated funnel-shaped flowers open, except in cloudy weather, only toward night; hence the names four-o'clock and afternoon-ladies.
- n. common garden plant of North America having fragrant red or purple or yellow or white flowers that open in late afternoon
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