[hahy-bis-kuhs, hi-]
noun, plural hibiscuses.
Also called China rose. a woody plant, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, of the mallow family, having large, showy flowers: the state flower of Hawaii.
any of numerous other plants, shrubs, or trees of the genus Hibiscus, characterized by lobate or dentate leaves and usually profusely blooming flowers.

1700–10; < Neo-Latin, Latin < Greek hibískos mallow

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hibiscus (haɪˈbɪskəs)
n , pl -cuses
any plant of the chiefly tropical and subtropical malvaceous genus Hibiscus, esp H. rosa-sinensis, cultivated for its large brightly coloured flowers
[C18: from Latin, from Greek hibiskos marsh mallow]

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Word Origin & History

1706, from L. hibiscum "marshmallow plant," perhaps from Gaulish.
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Example sentences
She's not sure if it is an azalea or a hibiscus or what.
Usually, the smell of gardenias and hibiscus from the garden was delightful.
Spice tea bag contains hibiscus petals, apple and spices, no tea leaves.
Grounds are heavy with bougainvillea and hibiscus, while the lakes host wild
  ducks and swans.
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