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[mahrsh-mel-oh, -mal-oh] /ˈmɑrʃˌmɛl oʊ, -ˌmæl oʊ/
a sweetened paste or confection made from the mucilaginous root of the marsh mallow.
a similar confection, usually soft and spongy, made from gum arabic or gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, and flavoring.
Origin of marshmallow
1905-10; see marsh mallow
Related forms
marshmallowy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for marshmallow
  • It's clear that all of the children had a difficult time resisting one immediate marshmallow to get more later.
  • Fill peanut-butter cookies with bittersweet chocolate, caramel sauce, and marshmallow.
  • It's impossible to go wrong with layers of graham, chocolate, and marshmallow.
  • Hilarious vid of kids trying to resist eating a marshmallow, and failing.
  • It turns out that a scientist can see the future by watching four-year-olds interact with a marshmallow.
  • Selections include chocolate marshmallow, cinnamon sugar and the signature red velvet.
  • The students were guided through nuclear processes such as fission and radioactive decay with their own marshmallow nuclei.
  • Flavors of marshmallow fluff with a creamy mouth feel.
  • Let students take turns giving each student at their table a marshmallow until each student has three.
  • marshmallow is sandwiched between cinnamon-scented graham crackers.
British Dictionary definitions for marshmallow


a sweet of a spongy texture containing gum arabic or gelatine, sugar, etc
a sweetened paste or confection made from the root of the marsh mallow
Derived Forms
marshmallowy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for marshmallow

Old English mersc-mealwe "kind of mallow plant (Althea officinalis) which grows near salt marshes;" from marsh + mallow. The confection (so called from 1877) originally was made from paste from the roots of this plant. The Greek word for the plant, althaea, is from althein "to heal."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for marshmallow


  1. Custard pie, esp as used in comic stage and movie scenes
  2. An important person; big shot: Darryl Zanuck, chief magoo of the studio (1940s+ Show business)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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