marshmallowy

marshmallow

[mahrsh-mel-oh, -mal-oh]
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:
1905–10; see marsh mallow

marshmallowy, adjective
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marshmallow (ˌmɑːʃˈmæləʊ)
 
n
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
 
marsh'mallowy
 
adj

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marshmallow
O.E. mersc-mealwe "kind of mallow plant (Althea officinalis) which grows near salt marshes." The confection was originally (1884) made from paste from the roots of this plant. The Gk. word for the plant, althaea, is from althein "to heal."
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