[ mahrsh-mel-oh, -mal-oh ]
/ ˈmɑrʃˌmɛl oʊ, -ˌmæl oʊ /


a sweetened paste or confection made from the mucilaginous root of the marsh mallow.
a similar confection, usually soft and spongy, made from gum arabic or gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, and flavoring.

Origin of marshmallow

First recorded in 1905–10; see origin at marsh mallow

OTHER WORDS FROM marshmallow

marsh·mal·low·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for marshmallow

/ (ˌmɑːʃˈmæləʊ) /


a sweet of a spongy texture containing gum arabic or gelatine, sugar, etc
a sweetened paste or confection made from the root of the marsh mallow

Derived forms of marshmallow

marshmallowy, adjective
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