rose of Sharonrose of Sharon
- 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 St. Johnswort, with large yellow flowers
Origin of rose of Sharonafter Classical Hebrew (language) Sh?r?n: see Sharon
rose of Sharon
- A small tree or shrub (Hibiscus syriacus) in the mallow family, native to Asia, having large reddish, purple, or white flowers and widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. Also called althea .
- See Aaron's beard.
Origin of rose of SharonFrom the King James Version translation of Hebrew hăba&slowdot;&slowdot;elet ha-ššārôn ( a phrase describing a beautiful flower to which a woman likens herself in Song of Songs 2:1 ) hăba&slowdot;&slowdot;elet a kind of beautiful flower of Canaan (possibly the sea daffodil Pancratium maritimum or a kind of crocus, narcissus, tulip, or other bulbous flower) ha- the šārôn the Plain of Sharon