Hibiscus definition

hī-bĭskəs
Any of a genus (Hibiscus) of plants, shrubs, and small trees of the mallow family, with large, colorful flowers.
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Any of various chiefly tropical shrubs or trees of the genus Hibiscus of the mallow family, having large, showy, variously colored flowers with numerous stamens united into a tube surrounding the style.
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A flower of the genus Hibiscus, found in tropical to temperate regions.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Malvaceae — the hibiscuses.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hibiscus
Plural:
hibiscuses

Origin of hibiscus

  • New Latin Hibīscus genus name from Late Latin hibīscus variant of Latin hibīscum marsh mallow perhaps of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin hibiscus, from Latin hibiscum, from Ancient Greek ἰβίσκος (ibiskos, “marsh mallow”)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin hibiscum, from Ancient Greek ἰβίσκος (ibiskos, “hibiskos”).

    From Wiktionary