mallow

noun
mal·low | \ˈma-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of mallow 

: 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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Marsh mallow, or Althea officinalis, is a plant indigenous to Eurasia and Northern Africa. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 Six years later, the site seethes with life, barely visible trails cutting through rampant sedge and mallow, cow parsley and burdock. The Economist, "Brexit is reverberating in British literature," 5 July 2018 Today the marshmallow on your s’more contains no marsh mallow sap at all. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 The molokhia leaves are also known as jute or Jew’s mallow (a bitter green somewhere between spinach and sorrel that can get viscous, similarly to okra, when cooked). Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "This Braised Chicken Soup with Greens Recipe Is PERFECT for Spring," 21 May 2018 In some parts of the Valley, perennial weeds are likely to be white top; in other parts, the predominant weed is mallow (buttonweed), sowthistle or quackgrass. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Save yourself some work in your garden and with your lawn this year | Idaho Statesman," 2 May 2018 Tree mallow, one of the few flowering shrubs, adds color and a layer of mystery. Emily Young, latimes.com, "A Pasadena garden mixes fresh and modern design with a rustic style," 13 Apr. 2018 Marsh Mallow Marsh mallow is a beautiful herb that produces attractive pink or white, hollyhock-like flowers for most of the summer. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Herbs That Blossom Into Stunning Flowers," 20 May 2016 Perhaps Althaea officinalis, the common marsh-mallow plant that thrives on the sunny banks of waterways? Garrett Munce, GQ, "The Best Scented Holiday Candles Will Make Your Home Cozy AF," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of mallow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mallow

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

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mallow

noun
mal·low | \ˈma-lō \

Kids Definition of mallow

: a tall plant with usually large white, rose, or purplish flowers with five petals

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