Definition of hibiscus in US English:

hibiscus

noun

  • A plant of the mallow family, grown in warm climates for its large brightly colored flowers or for products such as fiber or timber.

    Genus Hibiscus, family Malvaceae: many species, including the rose mallow

    • ‘Calla lilies, iris, geraniums and hibiscus bloomed here as well as a variety of other plants.’
    • ‘My hibiscus looks healthy, but the buds drop before they open.’
    • ‘The hedge of bougainvillea and hibiscus that I'd planted for my mother was now so high and thick that I could not see the house behind it.’
    • ‘Between the ruins grew cypresses and oleanders, hibiscus, myrtle and wild roses.’
    • ‘There is no reason why hostas can't be grown in containers just as successfully as an exotic hibiscus.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hibiscus

/hīˈbiskəs//haɪˈbɪskəs/