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An evergreenshrub (Hibiscus formerly Abelmoschus-moschatus), of the East and West Indies and Northern Africa, whose musky seeds are used in perfumery and to flavor coffee; sometimes called musk mallow.
Origin: NL. Abelmoschus, fr. Ar. Abu-l-misk father of musk, i.e, producing musk. See Musk.
Source: Websters Vocabulary