althea

althea

[al-thee-uh]
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.
Also, althaea.


Origin:
1660–70; < Neo-Latin, Latin althaea < Greek althaíā marsh mallow

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Althea

[al-thee-uh]
noun
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “wholesome.”
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althaea or (US) althea (ælˈθiːə)
 
n
1.  any Eurasian plant of the malvaceous genus Althaea, such as the hollyhock, having tall spikes of showy white, yellow, or red flowers
2.  another name for rose of Sharon
 
[C17: from Latin althaea, from Greek althaia marsh mallow (literally: healing plant), from Greek althein to heal]
 
althea or (US) althea
 
n
 
[C17: from Latin althaea, from Greek althaia marsh mallow (literally: healing plant), from Greek althein to heal]

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