Definition of hibiscus in 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.

    • ‘Between the ruins grew cypresses and oleanders, hibiscus, myrtle and wild roses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My hibiscus looks healthy, but the buds drop before they open.’
    • ‘There is no reason why hostas can't be grown in containers just as successfully as an exotic hibiscus.’
    • ‘Calla lilies, iris, geraniums and hibiscus bloomed here as well as a variety of other plants.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

hibiscus

/hīˈbiskəs/