- a tall, usually biennial plant (Alcea rosea) of the mallow family, with palmately lobed leaves, a hairy stem, and large, showy flowers of various colors in elongated spikes
- its flower
Origin of hollyhockMiddle English holihoc, literally , holy hock ; from Old English halig, holy + hoc, mallow
Origin of hollyhockMiddle English holihocke, marsh mallow : holi, holy; see Holy + hoc, mallow (from Old English).
From Middle English holihoc from holi (“holy”) + hoc (“mallow”)/hocke (“mallow”)/hokke (“mallow”) (from Old English hoc (“marsh mallow”) The modern hollyhock was probably unknown in England until the 15th century, so usage before then no doubt referred to some other mallow.