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Hollyhock

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hollyhock \Hol"ly*hock\, noun [OE. holihoc; holi holy + hoc mallow, AS. hoc; cf. W. hocys mallows, hocys bendigaid hollyhock, lit., blessed mallow. Prob. so named because brought from the Holy Land. See {Holy}.] (Bot.) A species of {Alth[ae]a} ({Alth[ae]a rosea}), bearing flowers of various colors; -- called also {rose mallow}.

Note: Rose mallow is listed as a variety of Hibiscus, not Hollyhock in several Web pages. Name change??? [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hollyhock

noun

1: any of various plants of the genus Althaea; similar to but having smaller flowers than genus Alcea [syn: {althea}, {althaea}, {hollyhock}]

2: any of various tall plants of the genus Alcea; native to the Middle East but widely naturalized and cultivated for its very large variously colored flowers


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