mal·​low ˈma-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce mallow (audio)
: any of a genus (Malva of the family Malvaceae, the mallow family) of herbs with palmately lobed or dissected leaves, usually showy flowers, and a disk-shaped fruit

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Examples of mallow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web California natives like lavender blooming chaparral mallow (Malacothamnus fasciculatus), yellow flowered bladder pod (Peritoma arborea), garden-sized scrub oak (Quercus berberidifolia), jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) and many more. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2023 Two species of hibiscus, common rose mallow and swamp rose mallow, are both native to wetlands and moist areas of eastern North America. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 16 July 2023 The Toasty Marshmallow tastes mostly like an untoasted marshmallow—slightly sweet with a mallow-y aftertaste. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 23 Sep. 2022 The oldest ingredient in the s’more’s holy trinity is the marshmallow, a sweet that gets its name from a plant called, appropriately enough, the marsh mallow. Jeffrey Miller, oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2022 The company offers jars of mallows in a wide range of hues. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 25 Apr. 2023 Continue planting native plants like the majestic coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia), lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia), monkey flower (Mimulus and Diplacus), Indian mallow (Abutilon palmeri), yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and buckwheats (Eriogonum). Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 Owners Tricia and Hazel Arce plan to unveil a special mallow for Super Bowl. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 2 Feb. 2023 Butter-Nut-Bourbon, which is made of butternut squash mousse, praline crèmeux, smoked sea salt pecans and black pepper mallow cream. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English malwe, from Old English mealwe, from Latin malva

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mallow was before the 12th century

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“Mallow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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mal·​low ˈmal-ō How to pronounce mallow (audio)
: any of a group of herbs with lobed leaves, usually showy flowers, and a disk-shaped fruit

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