the rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus.
any plant belonging to the genus Althaea, of the mallow family, having lobed leaves and showy flowers in a spikelike cluster, including the hollyhocks and marsh mallows.
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “wholesome.”.
Contemporary Examples

althea is now re-scheduled with her surgeon for this spring.
The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake. James Joiner December 28, 2014

Historical Examples

I rode last night from Theos to althea, and I have had no rest.
The Traitors E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

althea, what was I wearing the first time we met, when Edward introduced you to me?
The Capgras Shift Sam Vaknin

It had been to althea the day, the hour of her visitation from on High.
Hubert’s Wife Minnie Mary Lee

After a moment, Gerard went on down the path between the althea bushes.
From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram

After they had gone upstairs, althea came to Helen’s room, and putting her arms around her she hid her face on her shoulder.
Franklin Kane Anne Douglas Sedgwick

althea should have a nurse, and a carriage, and a poodle dog.
Hubert’s Wife Minnie Mary Lee

She knew, only too well, that althea’s invitation to dinner had not been disinterested.
Grace Harlowe’s Return to Overton Campus Jessie Graham Flower

Her children were now there, and althea, and further back the servants.
Hubert’s Wife Minnie Mary Lee

Jerry noticed that wherever she took him, by some strange chance, they came upon althea Morton.
Cinderella Jane Marjorie Benton Cooke


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