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[mal-oh] /ˈmæl oʊ/
any of various plants of the genus Malva, including several popular garden plants, as the musk mallow.
Origin of mallow
before 1000; Middle English malue, Old English mealwe < Latin malva Unabridged
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for mallow


any plant of the malvaceous genus Malva, esp M. sylvestris of Europe, having purple, pink, or white flowers See also dwarf mallow, musk mallow
any of various related plants, such as the marsh mallow, rose mallow, Indian mallow, and tree mallow
Word Origin
Old English mealuwe, from Latin malva; probably related to Greek malakhē mallow
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Word Origin and History for mallow

late 14c., from late Old English malwe, from Latin malva "mallows," from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language. The same lost word apparently yielded Greek malakhe "mallow."

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