Definition of abutilon in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbyo͞odlˌän/


A herbaceous plant or shrub of the mallow family, native to warm climates and typically bearing showy yellow, red, or mauve flowers.
  • Genus Abutilon, family Malvaceae.
Example sentences
  • The rest of the garden is filled with shade- and sun-loving subtropical and Mediterranean plants - abutilon, bougainvillea, datura, giant bird of paradise, and princess flower (Tibouchina).
  • Planted beneath it, and in the matching raised bed across the runnel, is a collection of bold and textural plants such as abutilon, acanthus, agapanthus, and Tasmanian tree fern.
  • Star jasmine trained in a diamond pattern against the wall, yellow clivia, and dwarf abutilon in hanging baskets add interest lower down.


Modern Latin, from Arabic ūbūṭīlūn 'Indian mallow'.

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Syllabification: a·bu·ti·lon

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