marsh·​mal·​low ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō How to pronounce marshmallow (audio)
usually marsh mallow : a pink-flowered European perennial herb (Althaea officinalis) of the mallow family that is naturalized in the eastern U.S. and has flowers, leaves, and roots used in herbal remedies
: a sweet white confection usually in the form of a spread or small spongy cylindrical pieces now usually made from corn syrup, sugar, albumen, and gelatin but formerly from the marshmallow's root
also : one of these spongy pieces
toasted marshmallows on sticks over a campfire
marshmallowy adjective

Examples of marshmallow in a Sentence

We toasted marshmallows over the fire.
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Marshmallow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


marsh·​mal·​low ˈmärsh-ˌmel-ō How to pronounce marshmallow (audio)
: a pink-flowered herb related to the mallows that has a root sometimes used in sweets and in medicine
: a soft spongy sweet formerly made from the root of the marshmallow but now usually prepared from corn syrup, sugar, albumen, and gelatin

Medical Definition


: a European perennial herb of the genus Althaea (A. officinalis) naturalized in the eastern United States whose pink flowers, velvety leaves, and mucilaginous root are used in herbal medicine and whose root was formerly used in confectionary see althaea sense 2

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