noun \al-ˈthē-ə\

Definition of ALTHAEA

capitalized : a genus of Old World herbs of the mallow family that have terminal spikelike clusters of showy flowers and include the hollyhock and marshmallow
or al·thea : the dried root of the marshmallow deprived of its brown corky layer and small roots and used as a demulcent and emollient—called also marshmallow root

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