four-o'clock


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four-o'clock

(fôr′ə-klŏk′)
n.
Any of several plants of the genus Mirabilis, especially M. jalapa, native to tropical America and widely cultivated for its trumpet-shaped, variously colored flowers that open late in the afternoon.
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four-o'clock

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1. (Plants) Also called: marvel-of-Peru a tropical American nyctaginaceous plant, Mirabilis jalapa, cultivated for its tubular yellow, red, or white flowers that open in late afternoon
2. (Animals) Austral another name for friarbird, esp the noisy friarbird (Philemon corniculatus): so called because of its cry
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n.
any plant of the genus Mirabilis, having tubular flowers that open in the late afternoon.
[1750–60]
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