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

Examples of marshmallow in a Sentence

We toasted marshmallows over the fire.

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This summer, 45 million pounds of marshmallows will be toasted over a fire in America. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 The all-vegan menu at her son’s 7th birthday the next day, for example, was to include the roasting of gelatin-free marshmallows. Margy Rochlin, New York Times, "Alicia Silverstone, With a New TV Show, Proves She’s Not Clueless," 1 June 2018 Also, don’t roast marshmallows on it, the USGS says. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Falling into lava would be a pretty hot mess," 30 May 2018 More successful was a s’mores variant that looked like French fries and gravy — addictive fried strips of funnel cake bathed in a deep chocolate sauce, backed up by thick slabs of marshmallow. Tim Smith,, "A dessert disguised as a potted plant, and more surprises at Blair's on Hudson," 30 May 2018 Days fill up with lobster barbecues and backgammon challenges, while evening activities often include marshmallow roasts around a fire or twilight picnics on a nearby island. Kate Betts, WSJ, "An Upscale Summer Camp for Grown-ups in Maine," 16 May 2018 In the evening, build a campfire in the fire pit and roast marshmallows while watching for whales, seals or sea otters in the nearby cove. Erin Kirkland, Anchorage Daily News, "Tonsina Point near Seward provides a perfect place for Alaska’s newest public-use cabin," 14 May 2018 The first course, presented on a round pottery disk, was a Lilliputian rectangle of marshmallow capped with lemon gelee; a dime-size sunchoke tartlet; and a ham and cheese gougere. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the restaurant Coi won’t be on this year’s Top 100 Restaurants list," 17 Apr. 2018 There will also be marshmallow-roasting for s’mores on the Grand Hall fire. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's happening in West Now area: Murder-mystery, Winter Wonderland and family skate," 12 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of marshmallow

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


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

Kids Definition of marshmallow

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


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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