mallows

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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Mallows definition


occurs only in Job 30:4 (R.V., "saltwort"). The word so rendered (malluah, from melah, "salt") most probably denotes the Atriplex halimus of Linnaeus, a species of sea purslane found on the shores of the Dead Sea, as also of the Mediterranean, and in salt marshes. It is a tall shrubby orach, growing to the height sometimes of 10 feet. Its buds and leaves, with those of other saline plants, are eaten by the poor in Palestine.

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