Hol"ly*hock (?), n. [OE. holihoc; holi holy + hoc mallow, AS. hoc; cf. W. hocys mallows, hocys bendigaid hollyhock, lit., blessed mallow. Prob. so named because brought from the Holy Land. See Holy.] Bot.
A species of Althaea (A. rosea), bearing flowers of various colors; -- called also rose mallow.
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