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Hollyhock   /hˈɑlihˌɑk/   Listen

Any of various plants of the genus Althaea; similar to but having smaller flowers than genus Alcea.  Synonyms: althaea, althea.
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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"Hollyhock" Quotes from Famous Books

... permeates the universe, the poetical intuition of man never fails to find it, and to delight in everything typical of that Spirit. "The leaves of the plantain," says a Zen poet, "unfold themselves, hearing the voice of thunder. The flowers of the hollyhock turn towards the sun, looking at it all day long." Jesus could see in the lily the Unseen Being who clothed it so lovely. Wordsworth found the most profound thing in all the world to be the universal spiritual life, which ...
— The Religion of the Samurai • Kaiten Nukariya

... energy we should turn to doing and apply to life and conduct. Without a substratum of sincerity, no man can speak right on, but runs astray into a kind of phraseology which bears the same relation to elegant language that the hollyhock ...
— Talkers - With Illustrations • John Bate

... lingering corn rustled responsive as her trailing garments swept past; over wide, brown pastures, where the cattle nibbled luxuriously at the sweet after-math; over lakes and rivers, where the waters slept content, forgetting, for the moment, their restless seaward march; over sheltered gardens, where hollyhock and sunflower, petunia and pansy, dahlia and phlox, whispering together of the summer vanished and the frosty nights at hand, gave out the mysterious, melancholy perfume of ...
— Outpost • J.G. Austin

... Who bids the hollyhock uplift Her rod of fast-sealed buds on high; Fling wide her petals—silent, swift, Lovely to the sky? Since as she kindled, so she will fade, Flower ...
— Collected Poems 1901-1918 in Two Volumes - Volume I. • Walter de la Mare

... undoubted varieties in fertilising each other requires far more experiments than have been tried. See in the "Origin" the brief abstract of Gartner on Verbascum and Zea. Mr. W. Crocker, lately foreman at Kew and a very good observer, is going at my suggestion to work varieties of hollyhock. (150/2. Altheae species. These experiments seem not to have been carried out.) The climate would be too cold, I suppose, for varieties of tobacco. I began on cabbages, but immediately stopped from early shedding of their pollen causing too ...
— More Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume I (of II) • Charles Darwin

... good in bringing us bunches of pink roses. We have also on the table a bouquet of field-daisies which we were so pleased to find growing here. There are scarcely any wild flowers, but there is a yellow one which much resembles a hollyhock. The people think it very poisonous and never picked it. There is also a small plant which grows abundantly near this house and which they call a sunflower. It has a leaf resembling that of the woodsorrel, and a pink flower ...
— Three Years in Tristan da Cunha • K. M. Barrow

... you all help the matter?" said a practical Yankee voice from a pink hollyhock. "If the infinite relations of life assert themselves in marriage, and the infinite I merges its individuality in the personality of another, the superincumbent need of a passional relation passes without question. What the soul of the seeker asks from itself ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. II, No. 8, June 1858 • Various

... she-cats!" she heard him chuckling. "An' about nothin' more important than a flimsy rag that looks like a hollyhock bush with arms ...
— The Desired Woman • Will N. Harben

... Duntley's chaice, Do praise en up wi' her sweet vaice, Vor he's so strait's a hollyhock (Vew hollyhocks be up so tall), An' he do come so true's the clock To Mrs Bingham's coffee-stall; An' Jeaene do write, an' brag o' Joe To teaeke the young recruits in tow, An' try, vor all their good, to bring em, A-come ...
— Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect • William Barnes

... gold and blacks, Cashmere shawls and sweet sandalwood, Malay oaths and the jawbones of whales. The Applebys could see by the electric lights bowered in the lilac-bushes that a stately grass walk, lined with Madonna lilies and hollyhock and phlox, led to the fanlight-crested white door, above which hung the mocking tea-pot sign. The house was lighted, the windows open. To the right of the hall was the arts-shop where, among walls softened with silky Turkish rugs and paintings of blue dawn amid the dunes, were ...
— The Innocents - A Story for Lovers • Sinclair Lewis

... n't we say, 'The hollyhock might have been glad to see it rain, but there was a weak little baby bud growing out of its stalk and it was afraid it might be hurt by the storm; so the big hollyhock was kind of afraid, ...
— The Flag-raising • Kate Douglas Wiggin

Words linked to "Hollyhock" :   mallow, genus Althaea, mountain hollyhock, Althea rosea, rose mallow, genus Alcea, Althea officinalis, Alcea, althea, marsh mallow, white mallow, Alcea rosea, althaea, wild hollyhock

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