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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [lowercase] A plant of this genus, generally of a cultivated species. See velvet-leaf, 3, and American jute, under jute.
  • noun A genus of polypetalous plants, natural order Malvaceæ, including over 70 species distributed through the warmer regions of the globe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of malvaceous plants of many species, found in the torrid and temperate zones of both continents; -- called also Indian mallow.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Malvaceae — broadleaf flowering plants in the mallow family found in the torrid and temperate zones.

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

  • noun herbs or shrubs or small trees: flowering maple; Indian mallow

Etymologies

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From New Latin, from Arabic ابو طيلون (’abū ṭīlūn).

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