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althea

[al-thee-uh] /ælˈθi ə/
noun
1.
the rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus.
2.
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
1660-1670
1660-70; < New Latin, Latin althaea < Greek althaíā marsh mallow

Althea

[al-thee-uh] /ælˈθi ə/
noun
1.
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “wholesome.”.
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