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Definition of "hollyhock" [hol•ly•hock]

  • A tall plant (Alcea rosea) native to the Middle East and widely cultivated for its showy clusters of very large, variously colored flowers. Also called althea. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hollyhock" in a sentence
  • "Mrs. Countryman: I am told on good authority that the hollyhock is a true perennial and not a biennial."
  • "One could be annoyed with a policeman, but not with a tin hollyhock."
  • "An interesting aspect of Leroi-Gourhan's discovery was the number of medicinal plants, such as hollyhock, ephedra, horsetail and yarrow, indicating that Neanderthals might have understood herbal remedies as well as appreciating the beauty of flowers."