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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For me hibiscus has three faces.
▪ Fresh fruit drinks such as tamarind and hibiscus are also available in season.
▪ It is a tropical annual, long classified by botanists as a hibiscus but now considered a separate species.
▪ Lincoln squatted beside a hibiscus with three blossoms.
▪ Placed rosaries of wild hibiscus on our fragile points.
▪ The hibiscus could be a little tougher.
▪ The camp was full of pine trees and flowerbeds of bougainvillea and hibiscus.
▪ There are a mango tree, a passion fruit tree and an orange tree, and a lovely hibiscus hedge.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hibiscus \Hi*bis"cus\, n. [L., marsh mallow; cf. Gr. ?.] (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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1706, from Latin hibiscum, later hibiscus, "marshmallow plant," of unknown origin, perhaps from Gaulish.


n. 1 A flower of the genus ''Hibiscus'', found in tropical to temperate regions 2 A cocktail made with champagne and cranberry juice.


n. any plant of the genus Hibiscus


Hibiscus ( or ) is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm- temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἱβίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40–90) gave to Althaea officinalis.

Hibiscus (entertainer)

Hibiscus (born George Edgerly Harris III; September 6, 1949 – May 6, 1982) was one of the leaders of the psychedelic gay liberation theater collective known as the Cockettes in early 1970s San Francisco; in today's theatrical parlance he would be considered to be a "Creative Director".

Hibiscus (disambiguation)

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants.

Hibiscus may also refer to:

  • Hibiscus (entertainer) (1949–1982), American actor
  • HMS Hibiscus, two vessels of the British Royal Navy
  • USS Hibiscus (1864), a United States Navy ship
  • Hibiscus (album), a 2005 album by Stonefree
  • Hibiscus (restaurant), a restaurant in England
  • Hibiscus tea, tea made from the flowers of hibiscus sabdariffa
Hibiscus (album)

Hibiscus is the first album by the Pinoy rock band Stonefree, released under Warner Music Philippines in 2005.

Hibiscus (restaurant)

Hibiscus is a London restaurant owned and run by French chef Claude Bosi. It was opened in 2000 in Ludlow, Shropshire, and won its first Michelin star within a year, and a second in the 2004 Guide. In July 2006, Bosi and his wife Claire announced that they were to sell the location in Ludlow and move closer to London. The property was sold to Alan Murchison, and Bosi purchased a new site on Maddox Street in London.

Bosi uses molecular gastronomy to create some items on the menu in an effort to enhance their flavours, such as freeze-drying cabbage to create a purée. The restaurant has received mixed reviews from critics, but has been listed in The World's 50 Best Restaurants since 2010, and was named by Egon Ronay as the best restaurant in the UK in 2005. The Good Food Guide ranked Hibiscus as the eighth-best restaurant in the UK in the 2013 edition. It has also been awarded five AA Rosettes.

In 2011, Bosi started a new venture, the Fox & Grapes in Wimbledon. This new gastropub operates under the same philosophy as Hibiscus, and is a collaboration with brother Cedric and former sous chef at Hibiscus, Patrick Leano.

Usage examples of "hibiscus".

Candle trees, bottlebrush trees, aloe trees, bougainvillea, hibiscus, jacaranda, agapanthus and arrowroot, but my orchids are a fuck-up.

Professor Haeckel, botanising near that same spot, spent an hour in an endeavour to force his way into one of these jungles, but only succeeded in advancing a few steps into the thicket, when, stung by mosquitoes, bitten by ants, his clothing torn from his bleeding arms and legs, wounded by the thousands of sharp thorns of the calamus, hibiscus, euphorbias, lantanas, and myriad other jungle plants, he was obliged, utterly discomfited, to desist.

There were deodars, Douglas firs, casuarinas, gum trees, eucalypti, hibiscus, cedars, and other trees, generally of a moderate size, for their number prevented their growth.

I like: Azalea, basil, bean, corn, daffodil, fuchsia, freesia, grape, ginger, holly, hibiscus, parsley, poppy, sage, sunflower and rhododendron.

As he went along, zinnia clumps, hibiscus hedges, and ixora bushes appeared among the huts, sprouting around the pink cement outhouses.

Sunset had now created a peach-colored world, except for blood-red ixora, yellow hibiscus, and purple bougainvillea, whose roots snaked into the broken walk alongside the motel.

Hibiscus, one of the originary masterminds behind the group, was a true theatrical genius, he had abandoned the Cockettes as too commercial and, frankly, no longer fun.

Palm trees surrounded by blue plumbago, pink and white oleander, purple and red bougainvillea, Easter lilies, yellow, peach, red, pink, and white hibiscus, and cedar trees all perfumed the air as he rode.

After six frenetic years as the four mop tops and Lords of Psychedelia, the Beatles sat in their brightly coloured Indian cotton shirts, quietly meditating or strumming guitars, surrounded everywhere by hibiscus and frangipani, black crows flapping in the treetops and squealing monkeys tumbling through the branches of the surrounding jungle.

Duval and headed up a twisting garden path behind the Pier House, through schefflera and hibiscus, onto a boardwalk next to a lagoon where hotel guests were throwing Chicklets to a school of feeding tarpon, then winding back to the patio until they finally stood near a hall tucked under the hotel by the supply rooms and the mops.

The Acting Governor, in a cream tussore suit and an inappropriate wing collar and spotted bow tie, was sitting at a broad mahogany desk on which there was nothing but the Daily Gleaner, the Times Weekly and a bowl of hibiscus blossoms.

Casey let her eyes and nose feast on the croton, ginger, bird-of-paradise, anthuriums, ti, and cup of gold growing among yellow, pink, and red hibiscus.

They hauled black dirt from the cane fields and mixed it in the wagon with sheep manure and humus from the swamp, then filled the beds with it and planted roses, hibiscus, azalea bushes, windmill palms, hydrangeas and banana trees all around the house.

And, he thought, frangipani and jacaranda, hibiscus and troupial birds singing.

The night flowers exhale their bloom, bougainvillaea and hibiscus and magnolia are still and shadowy in the night.