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

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Mirabilis, especially M. jalapa, native to tropical America and widely cultivated for its funnel-shaped or tubular, variously colored flowers that open late in the afternoon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several plants, of the genus Mirabilis, whose funnel-shaped flowers open in late afternoon
  • n. The friarbird; so called from its cry, which resembles these words.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the genus Mirabilis. There are about half a dozen species, natives of the warmer parts of America. The common four-o'clock is M. Jalapa. Its flowers are white, yellow, and red, and open toward sunset, or earlier in cloudy weather; hence the name. It is also called marvel of Peru, and afternoon lady.
  • n. The friar bird; -- so called from its cry, which resembles these words.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Australian friar-bird or leatherhead, Tropidorhynchus corniculatus: so called from its cry, which is fancied to sound like four o'clock. See cut under friar-bird.
  • n. The marvel-of-Peru, Mirabilis jalapa: so called form the fact that its flowers open in the afternoon.
  • n. Same as fourings.

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

  • n. any of several plants of the genus Mirabilis having flowers that open in late afternoon

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