Definition of hibiscus in English:


Line breaks: hi¦bis|cus
Pronunciation: /hɪˈbɪskəs


  • A plant of the mallow family, grown in warm climates for its large brightly coloured flowers or for products such as fibre or timber.
    • Genus Hibiscus, family Malvaceae: many species, including the rose mallow
    More example sentences
    • There is no reason why hostas can't be grown in containers just as successfully as an exotic hibiscus.
    • Between the ruins grew cypresses and oleanders, hibiscus, myrtle and wild roses.
    • My hibiscus looks healthy, but the buds drop before they open.


Latin, from Greek hibiskos, which Dioscorides identified with the marsh mallow.

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