the plant family Malvaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees having palmately veined, lobed, or compound leaves, sticky juice, often showy five-petaled flowers with stamens united in a column, and fruit in the form of a capsule with several divisions, and including the cotton plant, hibiscus, hollyhock, mallow, okra, and rose of Sharon.
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How to use mallow family in a sentence
Sida, sī′da, n. a large genus of downy herbs of the mallow family.
Abelmoschus (-mos′kus), a genus of tropical plants of the mallow family.