|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]|
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.