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(botany) An evergreen shrub, Abelmoschus moschatus of the East and West Indies and Northern Africa, whose musky seeds are used in perfumery and to flavor coffee; - the musk mallow.
From New Latin abelmoschus, from Arabic أبو المسك (abu'l-misk, “father of musk"), or حب المسك (ḥabb-el-musk, “grain of musk"), from حب (ḥabb, “grain") + مسك (musk), from Persian مشک (moÅ¡k).
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