marshmallow

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

Definition of marshmallow

  1. 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. 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

marshmallowy

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Examples of marshmallow in a Sentence

  1. We toasted marshmallows over the fire.

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First Known Use of marshmallow

before 12th century


MARSHMALLOW Defined for English Language Learners

marshmallow

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Definition of marshmallow for English Language Learners

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


MARSHMALLOW Defined for Kids

marshmallow

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

Definition of marshmallow for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

marshmallow

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

Medical Definition of marshmallow

  1. :  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 2



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