a shrublike plant that grows in marshy places. It has pink flowers and a root that is used in medicine to soothe or protect irritated mucous tissues. It belongs to the mallow family.
marsh|mal|low «MAHRSH MAL oh, -MEHL-», noun.
1. a soft, white, spongy candy, covered with powdered sugar. It is made from corn syrup, sugar, starch, and gelatin. Originally it was made from the root of the marsh mallow.
2. = marsh mallow. (Cf.marsh mallow)
[Old English merscmealwe the marsh mallow plant]

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