malva

noun
mal·​va | \ˈmalvə\

Definition of malva 

1 capitalized : a genus of Old World herbs (family Malvaceae) having palmate leaves and tribracteate flowers with naked reniform indehiscent carpels

2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Malva — see common mallow

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for malva

New Latin, from Latin, mallow

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about malva

Dictionary Entries near malva

malum

Malungeon

Malus

malva

Malvaceae

Malvales

malvasia

Statistics for malva

Look-up Popularity

More from Merriam-Webster on malva

Spanish Central: Translation of malva

Comments on malva

What made you want to look up malva? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!