Etymology
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hollyhock (n.)

mid-13c., holihoc, probably from holi "holy" (see holy) + hokke "mallow," from Old English hocc, a word of unknown origin. Another early name for the plant was caulis Sancti Cuthberti "St. Cuthbert's cole." Native to China and southern Europe, the old story is that it was so called because it was brought from the Holy Land.

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Definitions of hollyhock

hollyhock (n.)
any of various plants of the genus Althaea; similar to but having smaller flowers than genus Alcea;
Synonyms: althea / althaea
hollyhock (n.)
any of various tall plants of the genus Alcea; native to the Middle East but widely naturalized and cultivated for its very large variously colored flowers;
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