a tall, usually biennial
plant (Alcea rosea
) of the mallow
family, with palmately lobed leaves, a hairy stem, and large, showy
flowers of various colors
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Word origin of 'hollyhock'ME holihoc, lit., holy hock < OE halig, holy + hoc, mallow