marshmallow


marsh·mal·low

noun \ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō, -ˌma-\

: a soft, white, sweet food made of sugar and eggs

Full Definition of MARSHMALLOW

1
:  a pink-flowered European perennial herb (Althaea officinalis) of the mallow family that is naturalized in the eastern United States and has flowers, leaves, and roots used in herbal remedies
2
:  a sweet white confection usually in the form of a spread or small spongy cylindrical pieces now usually made from corn syrup, sugar, albumen, and gelatin but formerly from the marshmallow's root; also :  one of these spongy pieces <toasted marshmallows on sticks over a campfire>
marsh·mal·lowy \-ˌme-lə-wē, -ˌma-\ adjective

Examples of MARSHMALLOW

  1. We toasted marshmallows over the fire.

First Known Use of MARSHMALLOW

before 12th century

Rhymes with MARSHMALLOW

marsh·mal·low

noun \ˈmärsh-ˌmel-ō, -ˌmel-ə(-w), -ˌmal-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MARSHMALLOW

: a European perennial herb of the genus Althaea (A. officinalis) naturalized in the eastern United States whose pink flowers, velvety leaves, and mucilaginous root are used in herbal medicine and whose root was formerly used in confectionary—see althaea 2

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