any of a number of related plants or shrubs (genus Abutilon) of the mallow family, with showy flowers of white, yellow, or red
Origin of abutilonModern Latin from Arabic aub???l?n
See flowering maple.
Origin of abutilonNew Latin Abutilon genus name from Medieval Latin abutilon a kind of plant used to treat wounds from medieval scientific Arabic 'abū&tlowdot;īlūn folk-etymological alteration of earlier 'ūbū&tlowdot;īlūn, 'awbū&tlowdot;īlūn ( taken as 'abū father, source ) (Andalusian Arabic &tlowdot;aylūn toad ) ultimately from misreading of Syriac 'arq&tlowdot;ī'ūn, 'arqū&tlowdot;ī'ūn partly from Greek arkion burdock ( probably from arkein to suffice, endure ) ( from its tenacious burs ) and partly from Greek arktion the plant Inula candida ( burdock and Inula candida often being treated together in medieval botanical works )
- Any of the various tropical flowering plants, of the genus Abutilon, such as the flowering maple, Indian mallow, or Chinese lantern. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
New Latin from Arabic aubūtīlūn (Indian mallow). [script?]
From New Latin, from Arabic ابو طيلون (’abū ṭīlūn).