1. roselle

noun. East Indian sparsely prickly annual herb or perennial subshrub widely cultivated for its fleshy calyxes used in tarts and jelly and for its bast fiber.


  • hibiscus
  • rozelle
  • sorrel
  • Jamaica sorrel
  • red sorrel

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Sentences with roselle

1. Verb, base form
You’ll often see the species Hibiscus sabdariffa (or roselle) and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (China rose), but the most popular type of hibiscus is Hibiscus syriacus (the Rose of Sharon).

2. Noun, singular or mass
The plant roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a garden annual that grows to 7 feet high and almost as wide.

3. Noun, plural
If you are growing roselle only to produce the calyces for tea, plant the shrubs in mid-May.