Definition of hollyhock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɒlihɒk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːlihɑːk//
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a tall garden plant with white, yellow, red or purple flowers growing up its stem Word OriginMiddle English: from holy + obsolete hock ‘mallow’, of unknown origin. It originally denoted the marsh mallow which has medicinal uses (hence, perhaps, the use of ‘holy’); the current sense dates from the mid 16th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hollyhock