Definition of Indian mallow
1 : any of several abutilons; especially : a tall annual herb (Abutilon theophrasti) that has velvety cordate leaves and yellow flowers, yields a long strong fiber for which it is sometimes cultivated, and is native to India but widely naturalized as an escape in warm and temperate regions —called also velvetleaf
2 [2Indian 2] : a tropical American weed (Sida spinosa) with pale yellow or orange flowers that has been introduced into the U.S. and is found especially in the southern U.S.
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