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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Calla lilies, iris, geraniums and hibiscus bloomed here as well as a variety of other plants.’
    • ‘Between the ruins grew cypresses and oleanders, hibiscus, myrtle and wild roses.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

hibiscus

/hīˈbiskəs//haɪˈbɪskəs/