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hollyhock

[hol-ee-hok, -hawk] /ˈhɒl iˌhɒk, -ˌhɔk/
noun
1.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Alcea (or Althaea), of the mallow family, native to Eurasia, especially A. rosea, a tall plant having a long cluster of showy, variously colored flowers.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English holihoc, equivalent to holi holy + hoc mallow, Old English hocc
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British Dictionary definitions for holly-hock

hollyhock

/ˈhɒlɪˌhɒk/
noun
1.
a tall widely cultivated malvaceous plant, Althaea rosea, with stout hairy stems and spikes of white, yellow, red, or purple flowers Also called (US) rose mallow
Word Origin
C16: from holy + hock, from Old English hoc mallow
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Word Origin and History for holly-hock
hollyhock
c.1265, holihoc, from holi "holy" + hokke "mallow," from O.E. hocc, of unknown origin. The first element is probably of hagiological origin; another early name for the plant was caulis Sancti Cuthberti "St. Cuthbert's cole."
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