mallow

[mal-oh]
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noun

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

Origin of mallow

before 1000; Middle English malue, Old English mealwe < Latin malva
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mallow

noun

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

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
n.

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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