Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Malvaceae — the mallows.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of herbs and subshrubs including the mallows.

Etymologies

From Latin malva, "mallow" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Malva is supposed to help tone down the taste of a tea (much as cornflowers do), and probably it does in this case.

    Daily Tea: 2010 Mar 24 | Tea Derivations

  • GERARD says open at eight o'clock in the morning and close about nine, from whence he observes, that it might with propriety be called Malva horaria: MILLER lengthens the duration of its blowing to a few hours: we have frequently observed its blossoms continue sufficiently open to shew their beauty the greatest part of the day, more especially towards the close of summer.

    The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 6 Or, Flower-Garden Displayed

  • But there would still be those who thought Jamie responsible, others who would call Malva a whore, a liar, or both-which she bloody well was, I reminded myself, but not a nice thing to hear about one's wife.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • In the story "Malva," Gorky offers us two characteristic types of peasants who become tramps by insensible degrees; almost without suspecting it, through the force of circumstances.

    Twenty-six and One and Other Stories

  • The lack of restraint is felt also in the descriptions of women ( "Malva," "On the Raft") and love scenes.

    Letters of Anton Chekhov

  • “The onda right now,” a scenester bellows into my ear one night at Malva, a club, at another party, “is that there is no onda, and there is all the ondas.”

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • At dinner, Kayle and I split bottles of South African Sauvignon Blanc, while David and Ethan decided it was their duty to sample every version of Malva pudding, a rich South African dessert made with apricot jam and brandy.

    Travels With My Husband and His Other Wife

  • She has two books published (La ciudad de los nictálopes and Cuentos de la princesa Malva both with NORMA).

    MIND MELD: Guide to International SF/F (Part I )

  • Dinner had a distinctly South African feel, Bobotie and Malva Pudding.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Keri and I thought it was only fitting to help her ease back into America.... and she hadn't had Malva pudding yet, and the only other place that offered it was Wimpy.

    Archive 2009-08-01

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