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or althaea

[al-thee-uh] /ælˈθi ə/
the rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus.
any plant belonging to the genus Althaea, of the mallow family, having lobed leaves and showy flowers in a spikelike cluster, including the hollyhocks and marsh mallows.
Origin of althea
1660-70; < New Latin, Latin althaea < Greek althaíā marsh mallow


[al-thee-uh] /ælˈθi ə/
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “wholesome.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I rode last night from Theos to althea, and I have had no rest.

    The Traitors E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • althea, what was I wearing the first time we met, when Edward introduced you to me?

    The Capgras Shift Sam Vaknin
  • It had been to althea the day, the hour of her visitation from on High.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • After a moment, Gerard went on down the path between the althea bushes.

    From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
  • After they had gone upstairs, althea came to Helen's room, and putting her arms around her she hid her face on her shoulder.

    Franklin Kane Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • althea should have a nurse, and a carriage, and a poodle dog.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • She knew, only too well, that althea's invitation to dinner had not been disinterested.

  • Her children were now there, and althea, and further back the servants.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • Jerry noticed that wherever she took him, by some strange chance, they came upon althea Morton.

    Cinderella Jane Marjorie Benton Cooke

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