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[chek-er-bloom] /ˈtʃɛk ərˌblum/

a western North American plant, Sidalcea malviflora, of the mallow family, having long, loose clusters of rose-colored flowers.
a Californian malvaceous plant, Sidalcea malvaeflora, with pink or purple flowers


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