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al·the·aalso al·thae·a (ăl-thē′ə)
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or al•thae•a(ælˈθi ə)
n., pl. -the•as or -thae•as.
1. the rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus.
2. any plant belonging to the genus Althaea, of the mallow family, having lobed leaves and showy flowers in a spikelike cluster, including the hollyhocks and marsh mallows.
[1660–70; < New Latin, Latin althaea < Greek althaíā marsh mallow]
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|Noun||1.||althea - 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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