Definitions of hibiscus
  1. noun
    any plant of the genus Hibiscus
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    Bombay hemp, Hibiscus cannabinus, Indian hemp, bimli, bimli hemp, deccan hemp, kanaf, kenaf
    valuable fiber plant of East Indies now widespread in cultivation
    Cuban bast, Hibiscus elatus, blue mahoe, mahagua, mahoe, majagua
    erect forest tree of Cuba and Jamaica having variably hairy leaves and orange-yellow or orange-red flowers; yields a moderately dense timber for cabinetwork and gunstocks
    Hibiscus heterophyllus, sorrel tree
    Australian tree with acid foliage
    Hibiscus moscheutos, common rose mallow, rose mallow, swamp mallow, swamp rose mallow
    showy shrub of salt marshes of the eastern United States having large rose-colored flowers
    Confederate rose, Confederate rose mallow, Hibiscus mutabilis, cotton rose
    Chinese shrub or small tree having white or pink flowers becoming deep red at night; widely cultivated; naturalized in southeastern United States
    China rose, Chinese hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Rose of China, shoe black, shoeblack plant
    large showy Asiatic shrub or small tree having large single or double red to deep-red flowers
    Hibiscus sabdariffa, Jamaica sorrel, red sorrel, roselle, rozelle, sorrel
    East Indian sparsely prickly annual herb or perennial subshrub widely cultivated for its fleshy calyxes used in tarts and jelly and for its bast fiber
    Hibiscus syriacus, rose of Sharon
    Asiatic shrub or small shrubby tree having showy bell-shaped rose or purple or white flowers and usually three-lobed leaves; widely cultivated in temperate North America and Europe
    Hibiscus tiliaceus, balibago, mahagua, mahoe, majagua, purau
    shrubby tree widely distributed along tropical shores; yields a light tough wood used for canoe outriggers and a fiber used for cordage and caulk; often cultivated for ornament
    Hibiscus trionum, black-eyed Susan, bladder ketmia, flower-of-an-hour, flowers-of-an-hour
    annual weedy herb with ephemeral yellow purple-eyed flowers; Old World tropics; naturalized as a weed in North America
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    any of various plants of the family Malvaceae
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