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(Science: botany) a genus of plants (herbs, shrubs, or trees), some species of which have large, showy flowers. Some species are cultivated in india for their fibre, which is used as a substitute for hemp. See althea, hollyhock, and Manoe.

Origin: L, marsh mallow; cf. Gr.

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