- 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
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Examples from the Web for marshmallow
Melt butter and marshmallow in big stock pot then add puffed rice cereal.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
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One protest veteran, who asked not to be named, described Barrett as a “marshmallow.”Scott Walker's Last Stand? Democrats Lose Momentum In Wisconsin
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A marriage made in heaven, soft, sweet, marshmallow meringue, melting cream, and a smattering of fruit.Sweet Brits
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The result is lighter than buttercream but more intense than marshmallow.4 Autumnal Desserts
November 18, 2010
Instead, their marshmallow was covered from view, or they were given a pretend scenario to distract themselves with.Just Let Them Eat the Marshmallow
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February 19, 2010
Buttermilk whey sweetened with honey, or an infusion of marshmallow roots, ought to constitute the whole of the patient's drink.
That night, in front of the tents, there was a marshmallow roast.The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island
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His face has about as much color left in it as a marshmallow.Torchy, Private Sec.
Tea made from the marshmallow has also been recommended for this purpose.The Physical Life of Woman:
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Oh, some had butter scotch, some had gravy, some had marshmallow fudge.Rootabaga Stories
- 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
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Word Origin and History for marshmallow
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