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

[New Latin Abutilon, genus name, from Medieval Latin abutilon, a kind of plant used to treat wounds, from medieval scientific Arabic ’abūṭīlūn, folk-etymological alteration of earlier ’ūbūṭīlūn, ’awbūṭīlūn (taken as ’abū, father, source + Andalusian Arabic ṭaylūn, toad), ultimately from misreading of Syriac ’arqṭī’ūn, ’arqūṭī’ūn, partly from Greek arkion, burdock (probably from arkein, to suffice, endure, from its tenacious burs ) and partly from Greek arktion, the plant Inula candida (burdock and Inula candida often being treated together in medieval botanical works).]

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New Latin from Arabic aubūtīlūn (Indian mallow).

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