marsh-mallow

marsh mallow

noun
1.
an Old World mallow, Althaea officinalis, having pink flowers, found in marshy places.
2.
the rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English marshmalue, Old English merscmealwe. See marsh, mallow

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marsh mallow
 
n
1.  a malvaceous plant, Althaea officinalis, that grows in salt marshes and has pale pink flowers. The roots yield a mucilage formerly used to make marshmallows
2.  (US), (Canadian) another name for rose mallow

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