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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The mildly sweet squish of marshmallow, perfectly preserved by the liquid-nitrogen pour, floated effortlessly across the nearly grainy matcha-bar texture and flavor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 An escape from the first chill of fall, a summer night of stargazing — there are endless reasons to gather around a fire pit. Pour some drinks, open a bag of marshmallows and create lasting memories. Debbie Swanson, USA TODAY, "Spice up your backyard with a cool DIY fire pit," 1 Apr. 2018 The time has come to say goodbye to one of the classic Lucky Charm marshmallows. Jessica Fecteau,, "Lucky Charms Is Retiring This Marshmallow in the Spring," 8 Feb. 2018 The 14 Big Ten men's basketball coaches are as diverse as a bag of marshmallows., "Ranking all 14 Big Ten basketball coaches - where does Ohio State's Chris Holtmann belong?," 30 Jan. 2018 Most offbeat flavor: Probably Dino Egg, which is blue vanilla ice cream with bits of marshmallow and is guaranteed to turn your tongue blue. Robert Philpot -, star-telegram, "Ice cream in DFW: behind the scoops," 30 May 2014 Send your love a message this Valentine's Day with these cute X and O cookies filled with gooey marshmallows. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chocolate Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies," 14 Jan. 2019 While what's inside is supposed to be secret, but (spoiler alert) the rumor is it's dark chocolate marshmallows. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Eat Your Way Through All of Disney's Halloween Treats?," 1 Oct. 2018 Their marshmallows appeared to be the first step in some homemade s’mores, with a plate of graham crackers and chocolate waiting nearby. Dave Quinn,, "So Sweet! Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson End Memorial Day Together by Roasting Marshmallows," 29 May 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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