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hollyhock Line breaks: holly|hock
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒlɪhɒk/

Definition of hollyhock in English:

noun

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A tall Eurasian plant of the mallow family, with large showy flowers.
  • Alcea rosea, family Malvaceae
Example sentences
  • Plants that may require staking to hold their blooms high include Canterbury bells, hollyhocks, and verbascums, with foxgloves and delphiniums in the upper garden zones.
  • They have grown everything from sunflowers, poppies and hollyhocks to corn, cotton, potatoes, coconuts and dandelions.
  • Is there a spray I can use that will not harm visiting hummingbirds - the reason I plant the hollyhocks?

Origin

Middle English: from holy + obsolete hock 'mallow', of unknown origin. It originally denoted the marsh mallow which has medicinal uses (hence, perhaps, the use of 'holy'); the current sense dates from the mid 16th century.

Words that rhyme with hollyhock

forehock • spatchcock

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