1. an Old World mallow, Althaea officinalis, having pink flowers, found in marshy places.
2. the rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos.
Pronunciation: (märsh'mel"ō, -mal"ō), [key]
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.
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