Definition of hibiscus in English:

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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.
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.

Words that rhyme with hibiscus

discus, meniscus, viscous

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