Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun (Bot.) 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.

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  • noun botany 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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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).

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