[ mal-vey-shuh s ]
/ mælˈveɪ ʃəs /


belonging to the Malvaceae, the mallow family of plants.
Compare mallow family.

Origin of malvaceous

From the Latin word malvāceus, dating back to 1690–1700. See mallow, -aceous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malvaceous


/ (mælˈveɪʃəs) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Malvaceae, a family of plants that includes mallow, cotton, okra, althaea, and abutilon

Word Origin for malvaceous

C17: from Latin malvāceus, from malva mallow
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