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[hahy-bis-kuh s, hi-] /haɪˈbɪs kəs, hɪ-/

noun, plural hibiscuses.
Also called China rose. a woody plant, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, of the mallow family, having large, showy flowers: the state flower of Hawaii.
any of numerous other plants, shrubs, or trees of the genus Hibiscus, characterized by lobate or dentate leaves and usually profusely blooming flowers.
noun (pl) -cuses
any plant of the chiefly tropical and subtropical malvaceous genus Hibiscus, esp H. rosa-sinensis, cultivated for its large brightly coloured flowers

1706, from Latin hibiscum, later hibiscus, “marshmallow plant,” of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish.


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