Origin of abutilon
- New Latin Abutilon genus name from Medieval Latin abutilon a kind of plant used to treat wounds from medieval scientific Arabic ’abūṭīlūn folk-etymological alteration of earlier ’ūbūṭīlūn, ’awbūṭīlūn (taken as ’abū father, source) (Andalusian Arabic ṭaylūn toad) ultimately from misreading of Syriac ’arqṭī’ūn, ’arqūṭī’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)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- New Latin from Arabic aubūtīlūn (Indian mallow).[script?]
- From New Latin, from Arabic ابو طيلون (’abū ṭīlūn).