marshmallow

noun
marsh·​mal·​low | \ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō, -ˌma-\

Definition of marshmallow 

1 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

2 : 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

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Other Words from marshmallow

marshmallowy \ -​ˌme-​lə-​wē , -​ˌma-​ \ adjective

Examples of marshmallow in a Sentence

We toasted marshmallows over the fire.

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But according to a new study published in Psychological Science, the marshmallow test is not as decisive as previous research suggests. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Why Delayed Gratification in the Marshmallow Test Doesn’t Equal Success," 6 June 2018 Add 4 cups miniature marshmallows and a few drops of blue food coloring. Jennifer Mcclellan, ajc, "6 colorful Fourth of July recipes to make your party sparkle," 4 July 2018 Add 4 cups miniature marshmallows and a few drops of blue food coloring. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "6 colorful July 4th recipes to make your party sparkle," 3 July 2018 The ice cream parlor created a special flavor for the occasion: Floatin' Over the High Line, a sweet combustion of root beer ice cream, mini-marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018 Over Memorial Day Weekend, the couple — who started seeing each other after Grande’s breakup from rapper Mac Miller — roasted marshmallows together. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Gryffindor vs. Slytherin! Pete Davidson Posts New Photo with Ariana Grande and Reveals Their Hogwarts Houses," 30 May 2018 Passengers could window shop at Skechers and Ron Jon Surf Shop and check out the tubs of Carvel vanilla-fudge swirl or chocolate marshmallow. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando airport's security waits are better, officials say, but there can still be long lines," 25 May 2018 On April 1, hundreds of millions of marshmallow chicks and bunnies called Peeps will peer out from Easter baskets at American children. Damian Paletta, Anchorage Daily News, "In land of Peeps, a fight threatens U.S. pension plans," 30 Mar. 2018 On April 1, hundreds of millions of marshmallow chicks and bunnies called Peeps will peer out from Easter baskets at American children. Damian Paletta, courant.com, "In land of Peeps, fight threatens US pension plans," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of marshmallow

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

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

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marshmallow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marshmallow

: a soft, white, sweet food made of sugar and eggs

marshmallow

noun
marsh·​mal·​low | \ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō, -ˌma-\

Kids Definition of marshmallow

: a soft spongy sweet food made from corn syrup, sugar, and gelatin

marshmallow

noun
marsh·​mal·​low | \ˈmärsh-ˌmel-ō, -ˌmel-ə(-w), -ˌmal- \

Medical Definition of marshmallow 

: 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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