marsh*mal*low \ ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō \ -ˌma- \
before 12th century{ds||1||}
  • 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
  • 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
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