Word Archaeology: abutilon

This genus of flowering plants of the mallow family, with lobed leaves and single flowers, is distributed throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The genus includes about 200 species, with flowers that range in color from yellow and orange to red. The word was first used in 1578, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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