Hollyhock meaning

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A tall plant (Alcea rosea syn. Althaea rosea) in the mallow family, native to the Middle East and widely cultivated for its showy clusters of very large, variously colored flowers.
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A tall, usually biennial plant (Alcea rosea) of the mallow family, with palmately lobed leaves, a hairy stem, and large, showy flowers of various colors in elongated spikes.
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Its flower.
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Any of several flowering plants of the genus Alcea in the Malvaceae family.
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Origin of hollyhock

  • Middle English holihocke marsh mallow holi holy holy hoc mallow (from Old English)

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

  • From Middle English holihoc from holi (“holy”) + hoc (“mallow”)/hocke (“mallow”)/hokke (“mallow”) (from Old English hoc (“marsh mallow”) The modern hollyhock was probably unknown in England until the 15th century, so usage before then no doubt referred to some other mallow.

    From Wiktionary