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mallow

[mal-oh] /ˈmæl oʊ/
noun
1.
any of various plants of the genus Malva, including several popular garden plants, as the musk mallow.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English malue, Old English mealwe < Latin malva
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British Dictionary definitions for mallows

mallow

/ˈmæləʊ/
noun
1.
any plant of the malvaceous genus Malva, esp M. sylvestris of Europe, having purple, pink, or white flowers See also dwarf mallow, musk mallow
2.
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 mallows

mallow

n.

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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mallows in the Bible

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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Encyclopedia Article for mallows

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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