hibiscus

Definitions

  • Sixth stanza, surrounded by hibiscus flowers
    Sixth stanza, surrounded by hibiscus flowers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hibiscus any plant of the genus Hibiscus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Plants that need to attract moths for pollination are generally white or pale yellow, to be better seen when the light is dim. Plants that depend on butterflies, such as the poppy or the hibiscus, have more colorful flowers.
    • n Hibiscus (Bot) A genus of plants (herbs, shrubs, or trees), some species of which have large, showy flowers. Some species are cultivated in India for their fiber, which is used as a substitute for hemp. See Althea Hollyhock, and Manoe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hibiscus A large genus of polypetalous dicotyledonous plants (herbs, shrubs, or trees), of the natural order Malvaceæ, and the type of the tribe Hibisceœ. They are characterized by having a 5-cleft calyx, supplemented by 3 to 5 narrow bracts; by the long column of stamens, which is frequently anther-bearing for much of its length; and by the 5-valved loculicidal pod, with numerous seeds. About 150 species are known, mostly from tropical countries, but a few are natives of temperate regions. The species are remarkable for abounding in mucilage and for the tenacity of the fiber of their bark, whence several are employed for many economical purposes in their native countries. The petals of H. rosasinensis (a plant with large, handsome, usually red flowers, frequent in greenhouses) are astringent, and are used in China as a black dye for the hair and eyes. The handsome flowering shrub known in gardens as Althæa frutex, or rose of Sharon, is a species of Hibiscus (H. Syriacus). The root of H. Manihot yields a mucilage used as size and to give a proper consistence to paper. The leaves of H. cannabinus are edible, and an oil is extracted from its seeds; it is cultivated in India for its fiber, being known as Indian hemp. The plants of this genus are commonly known as rose-mallows. The great rose-mallow of the Carolina coast is H. coccineus. H. Moscheutos, of the United States, with rose-colored or white flowers 6 inches in diameter, is the swamp rose-mallow. H. Trionum, of Europe, with a sulphur-yellow corolla, is the bladder-ketmia or flower-of-an-hour. H. (formerly Abelmoschus) esculentus, of the West Indies and Central America, furnishes the okra or gumbo. H. Manihot is the Australian manioc. H. splendens, a native of Queensland and New South Wales, is the hollyhock-tree. H. Sabdariffa, of tropical Asia and Africa, yields the rosella-fiber. H. tiliaceus is the Tahitian poeron.
    • n hibiscus [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hibiscus hī-bis′kus a genus of malvaceous plants, mostly tropical.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., marsh mallow; cf. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. hibiscos, mallow.

Usage

In literature:

Some scarlet hibiscus, some bluebells, a couple of pale poppies with furry stalks and bitter perfume.
"The Blue Lagoon" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
Very fortunately bows and arrows had been left at the Chimneys, where they also found a quantity of light hibiscus cord.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
He raised one hand, and with gnarled and twisted fingers lifted up the blazing wreath of hibiscus that crowned his black hair.
"The House of Pride" by Jack London
The Hibiscus seems a very curious case, and I agree with your remarks.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
She used to stick hibiscus flowers in them red curtains and stand off and admire me by the hour.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
He wore a necklace of scarlet berries across his shoulders, and a bright red hibiscus flower stuck behind his ear.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
Outside her window here a great scarlet hibiscus stuck its tongue out at her.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
Hibiscus vitifolius, L. 102.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
We next had to get out some thirty rafters of hibiscus to support the roof.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
The sides and the roof were then covered with the hibiscus from the grove.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
She had the passionate grace of the hibiscus and the rich colour.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
The palms are large and grow in great luxuriance, and the double hibiscus look like large pinks.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
Hedges of hibiscus shine with crimson blossoms.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
Hedges of hibiscus shine with crimson blossoms.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
The annual Hibiscuses are very satisfactory.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
Cleves and Recklow, shoulder to shoulder, paced the moonlit path along the hedges of oleander and hibiscus which divided garden from jungle.
"The Slayer Of souls" by Robert Chambers
It was at a shabby but pretentious hostelry called the Villa Hibiscus that Brown took up his quarters.
"Quick Action" by Robert W. Chambers
I turned the conversation in the direction of our coming dinner party and to a discussion of hibiscus-bloom.
"Mavis of Green Hill" by Faith Baldwin
Hibiscus Syriacus L. Mallow family.
"Texas Honey Plants" by C. E. Sanborn
Hedges are often made of the hibiscus, and when in bloom it offers a superior floral scene.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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In poetry:

Listen again.
Salvia and hibiscus flowers.
Is it not so?
Salvia and hibiscus flowers.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
Eve, in her happy moments,
Put hibiscus in her hair,
Before she humbled herself, and knocked her knees with
repentance.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
O, you made a fine renown!
Mr. B.,
With your yarns of women brown,
And the red hibiscus crown
On the black hair hanging down
To the knee.
"Wrecked Illusions" by Victor James Daley
Nettles, and a rose sprout,
Hibiscus, and mere grass,
Salvia still in a rage
And almond honey-still,
And fig-wort stinking for the carrion wasp;
All the lot of them, and let them fight it out.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
Under her old pink gateways, where Time a moment turns,
Where hang the orange lanterns and the red hibiscus burns,
Live the harmless merry lizards, quicksilver in the sun,
Or still as any image with their shadow on a stone.
"White Nassau" by Bliss William Carman
The long lianas that reach in dreamy rout from tree to tree
Are dazed with the sense of sap that he calls to the tangle of their sprays.
The scarlet-hearted hibiscus stands entranced and the torrid bee
Is husht upon its rim, as in amaze
"In A Tropical Garden" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

I bought a hibiscus this past spring, and it was really beautiful with all the blooms this summer.
Hibiscus Children's Center Annual Support Campaign.
Prune hibiscus in late winter or spring.
Hibiscus gallery opens in Hilo.
Hibiscus Cafe at McKee's.
About Hibiscus Cafe at McKee's.
Scarlet rosemallow a treasured native hibiscus .
Hampton master gardeners feature wax myrtle, ninebark and hardy hibiscus .
Shaddock IPA, Marionberry Hibiscus Gose and Hefeweizen beers.
Texas star hibiscus should be planted in the ground.
CORPUS CHRISTI — QUESTION: I have a hibiscus with white stuff on the stems and the leaves are turning black.
There is no denying that area gardeners are big fans of the tropical hibiscus .
Grow hibiscus roots like these in 2-gallon containers.
Hibiscus has tremendous flower variations.
Hibiscus plants are blooming profusely all over Marco right now.
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