marshmallow

noun
marsh·​mal·​low | \ ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō How to pronounce marshmallow (audio) , -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 \ ˈmärsh-​ˌme-​lə-​wē How to pronounce marshmallow (audio) , -​ˌma-​ \ adjective

Examples of marshmallow in a Sentence

We toasted marshmallows over the fire.
Recent Examples on the Web So why not bring together the delicious taste of a Pepsi with the delicious, wintery taste of chocolate and marshmallow and bring some unexpected joy to our fans this season? PEOPLE.com, "Pepsi Is Testing a New Chocolate Drink Called 'Cocoa Cola'," 17 Dec. 2020 To make the Santa figure, skewer half a banana, a rice cake, a strawberry, and a mini marshmallow. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Festive (and Healthy!) Christmas Treats to Try This Season," 14 Dec. 2020 Remove the marshmallow from the bowl using an oiled rubber spatula and place in the prepared baking pan. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Chef B’s Marshmallows," 2 Dec. 2020 Remove the slab of marshmallow from the pan and dredge in the sugar-starch mixture. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Chef B’s Marshmallows," 2 Dec. 2020 This cute gadget makes two delicious s’mores in just 30 seconds while the character’s arms hold the stack in place and stop the marshmallow from escaping or melting too much. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Our favorite picks from the Amazon Canada holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Ginger snap offers spice in its blend of ginger snap cookies, brown sugar and ginger while choco-fanatics will likely opt for hot cocoa + marshmallow. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Festive December flavors, holiday pies at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream," 1 Dec. 2020 This cute gadget makes two delicious s’mores in just 30 seconds while the character’s arms hold the stack in place and stop the marshmallow from escaping or melting too much. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Our favorite picks from the Amazon Canada holiday gift guide," 24 Nov. 2020 Nestlé is also renaming its Beso de Negra marshmallow treats, which are sold in Colombia. Jack Guy, CNN, "Nestlé renames Australian candy products to remove racial slurs," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of marshmallow

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

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15 Jan 2021

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“Marshmallow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marshmallow. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for marshmallow

marshmallow

noun
How to pronounce marshmallow (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of marshmallow

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

marshmallow

noun
marsh·​mal·​low | \ ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō How to pronounce marshmallow (audio) , -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- How to pronounce marshmallow (audio) \

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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