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marshmallow

[mahrsh-mel-oh, -mal-oh]
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noun
  1. a sweetened paste or confection made from the mucilaginous root of the marsh mallow.
  2. a similar confection, usually soft and spongy, made from gum arabic or gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, and flavoring.
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Origin of marshmallow

First recorded in 1905–10; see origin at marsh mallow
Related formsmarsh·mal·low·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for marshmallow

marshmallow

noun
  1. a sweet of a spongy texture containing gum arabic or gelatine, sugar, etc
  2. a sweetened paste or confection made from the root of the marsh mallow
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Derived Formsmarshmallowy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for marshmallow

n.

Old English mersc-mealwe "kind of mallow plant (Althea officinalis) which grows near salt marshes;" from marsh + mallow. The confection (so called from 1877) originally was made from paste from the roots of this plant. The Greek word for the plant, althaea, is from althein "to heal."

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