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  1. any of various plants of the genus Malva, including several popular garden plants, as the musk mallow.
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Origin of mallow

before 1000; Middle English malue, Old English mealwe < Latin malva
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Examples from the Web for mallow

Historical Examples of mallow

  • I've found a box of mallow root, and we will treat ourselves to it for breakfast.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • My uncle is riding as far as Mallow; he will be absent ten days.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • I wish the city of Cork to have two members, Bantry one and Mallow one.

  • The colour in Miss Mallow's cheeks spread to her sloping shoulders.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

  • Charleville, Mallow, Sligo, fell into the hands of the natives.

British Dictionary definitions for mallow


  1. any plant of the malvaceous genus Malva, esp M. sylvestris of Europe, having purple, pink, or white flowersSee also dwarf mallow, musk mallow
  2. any of various related plants, such as the marsh mallow, rose mallow, Indian mallow, and tree mallow
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Word Origin for mallow

Old English mealuwe, from Latin malva; probably related to Greek malakhē mallow
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Word Origin and History for mallow


late 14c., from late Old English malwe, from Latin malva "mallows," from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language. The same lost word apparently yielded Greek malakhe "mallow."

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