Hollyhock
Hollyhock Hol"ly*hock, n. [OE. holihoc; holi holy + hoc mallow, AS. hoc; cf. W. hocys mallows, hocys bendigaid hollyhock, lit., blessed mallow. Prob. so named because brought from the Holy Land. See {Holy}.] (Bot.) A species of {Alth[ae]a} ({Alth[ae]a rosea}), bearing flowers of various colors; -- called also {rose mallow}.

Note: Rose mallow is listed as a variety of Hibiscus, not Hollyhock in several Web pages. Name change??? [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • hollyhock — mid 13c., holihoc, from holi holy (see HOLY (Cf. holy)) + hokke mallow, from O.E. hocc, of unknown origin. Another early name for the plant was caulis Sancti Cuthberti St. Cuthbert s cole …   Etymology dictionary

  • hollyhock — ► NOUN ▪ a tall plant of the mallow family, with large showy flowers. ORIGIN from HOLY(Cf. ↑holy) + obsolete hock «mallow» …   English terms dictionary

  • hollyhock — [häl′ē häk΄] n. [ME holihoc, lit., holy hock < OE halig, holy + hoc, mallow] 1. a tall, usually biennial plant (Alcea rosea) of the mallow family, with palmately lobed leaves, a hairy stem, and large, showy flowers of various colors in… …   English World dictionary

  • hollyhock — UK [ˈhɒlɪˌhɒk] / US [ˈhɑlɪˌhɑk] noun [countable] Word forms hollyhock : singular hollyhock plural hollyhocks a plant with tall stems and several large flowers on each stem …   English dictionary

  • hollyhock — /hol ee hok , hawk /, n. any of several plants belonging to the genus Alcea (or Althaea), of the mallow family, native to Eurasia, esp. A. rosea, a tall plant having a long cluster of showy, variously colored flowers. [1225 75; ME holihoc, equiv …   Universalium

  • hollyhock —   Halehaka.    ♦ Double form of hollyhock, halehaka pupupu …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • hollyhock — aukštoji piliarožė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Dedešvinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Alcea rosea). atitikmenys: lot. Alcea rosea angl. garden mallow; holly hock; hollyhock; rose mallow vok. roter Eibisch; Stockmalve;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • hollyhock — noun Etymology: Middle English holihoc marshmallow, from holi holy + hoc mallow, from Old English Date: 1548 a tall widely cultivated biennial or perennial herb (Alcea rosea syn. Althaea rosea) of the mallow family that has large coarse rounded… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hollyhock — noun Any of several flowering plants of the genus Alcea in the Malvaceae family …   Wiktionary

  • hollyhock — hol|ly|hock [ˈhɔlihɔk US ˈha:liha:k] n [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: holy + hock type of plant (11 17 centuries) (from Old English hoc)] a tall thin garden plant with many flowers growing together …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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