from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Malva, having pink or white axillary flowers, palmate leaves, and disklike schizocarpic fruits.
- n. Any of various related plants, such as the rose mallow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a group of flowering plants in several genera of the taxonomic family Malvaceae, especially of the genus Malva. Several species are edible by humans.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of plants (Malva) having mucilaginous qualities. See malvaceous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any plant of the genus Malva, or of the order Malvacæ, the mallow family.
- n. In England, a plant of either of the genera Sida and Urena.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various plants of the family Malvaceae
Middle English malwe, from Old English mealwe and from Old French malve, both from Latin malva, probably of Semitic origin; see mlḥ in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English mealwe, from Latin malva. Compare mauve. (Wiktionary)