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marshmallow

[mahrsh-mel-oh, -mal-oh] /ˈmɑrʃˌmɛl oʊ, -ˌmæl oʊ/
noun
1.
a sweetened paste or confection made from the mucilaginous root of the marsh mallow.
2.
a similar confection, usually soft and spongy, made from gum arabic or gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, and flavoring.
Origin of marshmallow
1905-1910
1905-10; see marsh mallow
Related forms
marshmallowy, adjective
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marshmallow

/ˌmɑːʃˈmæləʊ/
noun
1.
a sweet of a spongy texture containing gum arabic or gelatine, sugar, etc
2.
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
n.

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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for marshmallow

magoo

noun

  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.
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