rose of Sharon
rose of Sharon definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- ☆ a hardy plant (Hibiscus syriacus) of the mallow family, with white, red, pink, or purplish flowers
- a plant mentioned in the Bible, variously identified as a tulip, crocus, etc.: S. of Sol. 2:1
- Chiefly Brit. a shrubby species (Hypericum calycinum) of Saint-John's-wort, with large yellow flowers
Origin: after Classical Hebrew (language) sharon, a district in Israel (see Song of Solomon 2:1), aphetic for yesharon, literally , the plain ; from yashav, adjective , level
rose of Sharon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small eastern Asian tree or tall shrub (Hibiscus syriacus) having large reddish, purple, or white flowers and coarsely toothed leaves. Also called althea.
- A shrubby Eurasian evergreen plant (Hypericum calycinum) having oblong leaves and yellow flowers and usually grown as a ground cover. Also called Aaron's beard.
Origin: After the Plain of Sharon.