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four-o'clock

[fawr-uh-klok, fohr-] /ˈfɔr əˌklɒk, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
a common garden plant, Mirabilis jalapa, of the four-o'clock family, having tubular red, white, yellow, or variegated flowers that open late in the afternoon.
2.
any plant of the same genus.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60
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British Dictionary definitions for four-oclock

four-o'clock

noun
1.
Also called marvel-of-Peru. a tropical American nyctaginaceous plant, Mirabilis jalapa, cultivated for its tubular yellow, red, or white flowers that open in late afternoon
2.
(Austral) another name for friarbird, esp the noisy friarbird (Philemon corniculatus): so called because of its cry
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