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
marshmallowyplay \-ˌme-lə-wē, -ˌma-\ adjective
Examples of marshmallow in a Sentence
We toasted marshmallows over the fire.
Recent Examples of marshmallow from the Web
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George Steinbrenner fired his madcap New York Yankees manager after Martin got into a fight with a marshmallow salesman in a bar.
The visitor center is just outside the NASA-Ames main gate in a big white marshmallow of a tent.
Customers can add three toppings from a choice of more than 30 — including brownies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, coconut flakes, mango, toasted marshmallows and lychee.
Your task: Use marshmallows to connect raw spaghetti noodles into fragile structures.
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Before 12th Century
First Known Use of marshmallow
before 12th century
MARSHMALLOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of marshmallow for English Language Learners
: a soft, white, sweet food made of sugar and eggs
MARSHMALLOW Defined for Kids
Definition of marshmallow for Students
: a soft spongy sweet food made from corn syrup, sugar, and gelatin
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 2
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