from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tall plant (Alcea rosea) native to the Middle East and widely cultivated for its showy clusters of very large, variously colored flowers. Also called althea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several flowering plants of the genus Alcea in the Malvaceae family.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of Althæa (Althæa rosea), bearing flowers of various colors; -- called also rose mallow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant, Althea rosea, of the natural order Malvaceæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various tall plants of the genus Alcea; native to the Middle East but widely naturalized and cultivated for its very large variously colored flowers
- n. any of various plants of the genus Althaea; similar to but having smaller flowers than genus Alcea
Middle English holihocke, marsh mallow : holi, holy; see holy + hoc, mallow (from Old English).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
holly + hock (Wiktionary)