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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large family of chiefly woody plants, the Malvaceae, characterized by alternate leaves and showy flowers often with numerous stamens fused at the base into a tube, and including cotton, okra, hibiscus, hollyhock, and the mallows.

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

  • noun (Bot.) The natural family Malvaceae, a dilleniid dicot family consisting of herbs and shrubs and some trees, and including the mallows, cotton, and okra.

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

  • noun herbs and shrubs and some trees: mallows; cotton; okra

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