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1. (Plants) any Eurasian plant of the malvaceous genus Althaea, such as the hollyhock, having tall spikes of showy white, yellow, or red flowers
2. (Plants) another name for rose of Sharon2
[C17: from Latin althaea, from Greek althaia marsh mallow (literally: healing plant), from Greek althein to heal]
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|Noun||1.||althaea - any of various plants of the genus Althaea; similar to but having smaller flowers than genus Alcea|
mallow - any of various plants of the family Malvaceae
genus Althaea - hollyhocks; in some classification systems synonymous with genus Alcea
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