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Definition of MARSHMALLOW
: 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
: 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>
: 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