four-o'clock
noun Date: 1756 any of a genus (Mirabilis) of chiefly American annual or perennial herbs (family Nyctaginaceae, the four-o'clock family) having apetalous flowers with a showy involucre simulating a calyx; especially a garden plant (M. jalapa) with fragrant yellow, red, or white flowers opening late in the afternoon

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  • Four-o'clock — n. 1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Mirabilis}. There are about half a dozen species, natives of the warmer parts of America. The common four o clock is {M. Jalapa}. Its flowers are white, yellow, and red, and open toward sunset, or earlier in cl …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • four-o'clock — [fôr′ə kläk΄] adj. designating a family (Nyctaginaceae, order Caryophyllales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the bougainvilleas n. any of a genus (Mirabilis) of chiefly tropical American plants of the four o clock family, bearing petal less… …   English World dictionary

  • four-o'clock — см. Приложение 1 (Mirabilis jalapa). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • four-o’clock — four o’clock. См. ночная красавица. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • four-o'clock — four′ o clock n. pln any plant of the genus Mirabilis, having tubular flowers that open in the late afternoon • Etymology: 1750–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • Four O'Clock — Infobox Television episode Title = Four O Clock Series = The Twilight Zone Caption = Theodore Bikel in Four O Clock Season = 3 Episode = 94 Airdate =April 6, 1962 Production =4832 Writer =Rod Serling (Based on the story by Price Day. First… …   Wikipedia

  • four o'clock — noun any of several plants of the genus Mirabilis having flowers that open in late afternoon • Hypernyms: ↑flower • Hyponyms: ↑common four o clock, ↑marvel of Peru, ↑Mirabilis jalapa, ↑Mirabilis uniflora, ↑California four o c …   Useful english dictionary

  • four-o'clock — /fawr euh klok , fohr /, n. 1. a common garden plant, Mirabilis jalapa, of the four o clock family, having tubular red, white, yellow, or variegated flowers that open late in the afternoon. 2. any plant of the same genus. [1750 60] * * *… …   Universalium

  • four-o'clock — vakarinė dyvinutė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Dyvinutinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Mirabilis jalapa), kilęs iš Meksikos. atitikmenys: lot. Mirabilis jalapa angl. beauty of the night; common four o’clock; false jalap;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • four-o'clock — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : a plant of the genus Mirabilis: as a. : a common garden plant (M. jalapa) with fragrant yellow, red, or white flowers that open late in the afternoon called also marvel of Peru b. : a California plant (M. laevis) with red …   Useful english dictionary

  • four-o'clock — marvel of Peru marvel of Peru, marvel of Peru marvel of Peru n. (Bot.) A common garden plant ({Mirabilis jalapa} or {Mirabilis uniflora}) of North America having fragrant red or purple or yellow or white flowers that open in late afternoon;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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