mallow

[mal-oh]
noun
any of various plants of the genus Malva, including several popular garden plants, as the musk mallow.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English malue, Old English mealwe < Latin malva

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mallow (ˈmæləʊ)
 
n
1.  dwarf mallow See also musk mallow any plant of the malvaceous genus Malva, esp M. sylvestris of Europe, having purple, pink, or white flowers
2.  any of various related plants, such as the marsh mallow, rose mallow, Indian mallow, and tree mallow
 
[Old English mealuwe, from Latin malva; probably related to Greek malakhē mallow]

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mallow
O.E. malwe, from L. malva, from a pre-L. Mediterranean language, the same word that yielded Gk. malakhe "mallow."
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mallow

any of several flowering plants in the hibiscus, or mallow, family (Malvaceae), especially those of the genera Hibiscus and Malva. Hibiscus species include the great rose mallow (H. grandiflorus), with large white to purplish flowers; the soldier rose mallow (H. militaris), a shrub that grows to a height of 2 metres (6 feet); and the common, or swamp, rose mallow (H. moscheutos).

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Example sentences
In the back planter, a tall mallow hedge screens a vegetable garden.
In mid-summer the large flowers of the rose mallow cover the marshes with pink and with.
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