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2005-07-12 15:35:56

The Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, family Malvaceae) is an evergreen shrub indigenous to East Asia. Also known as China rose and Shoe flower, it is widely grown as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics and subtropics. The flowers are large, red, and firm, but lack any scent. Numerous cultivars, varieties, and hybrids have been created, with flower colors ranging from white through yellow and orange to scarlet and shades of pink, with both single and double sets of petals....

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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