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marsh mallow

  1. an Old World mallow, Althaea officinalis, having pink flowers, found in marshy places.
  2. the rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos.
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Origin of marsh mallow

before 1000; Middle English marshmalue, Old English merscmealwe. See marsh, mallow
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Examples from the Web for marsh mallow

Historical Examples of marsh mallow

  • Varied hyphentation was retain, such as baking powder and baking-powder; even within the same recipe Marshmallow and marsh-mallow.

    Cookery for Little Girls

    Olive Hyde Foster

  • Marsh-mallow Roots are prepared in an easier way; but, on account of the mucilage they contain, they become very brittle when dry.

    The Toilet of Flora

    Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz

  • In common with the marsh-mallow and some other plants, it contains asparagine or aspartic acidamide.

British Dictionary definitions for marsh mallow

marsh mallow

  1. a malvaceous plant, Althaea officinalis, that grows in salt marshes and has pale pink flowers. The roots yield a mucilage formerly used to make marshmallows
  2. US and Canadian another name for rose mallow (def. 1)
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