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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.
Also, althaea.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Neo-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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althaea

/ælˈθiːə/
noun
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 (sense 2)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin althaea, from Greek althaia marsh mallow (literally: healing plant), from Greek althein to heal
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