American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A light, spongy, very sweet confection made of corn syrup, gelatin, sugar, and starch and dusted with powdered sugar.
- n. A confection of sweetened paste, formerly made from the root of the marshmallow plant.
- n. Botany A perennial plant (Althaea officinalis) native to Europe and naturalized in marshes of eastern North America, having showy pink flowers and a mucilaginous root occasionally used as a demulcent and in confectionery.
- n. Slang A timid, cowardly, or ineffective person.
- n. figuratively Someone who is soft and benign.
- Old English merscmealwe, corresponding to marsh + mallow. (Wiktionary)
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“This marshmallow is sublime when roasted, dipped into a delicious dark chocolate fondue, and perfect in a steaming cup of cappuccino.”
“Packaged in jars, the semi-liquid marshmallow is much softer than a regular marshmallow, and both creamy and sticky at the same time.”
“Dark chocolate can easily dominate the vanilla flavor or cover it up entirely, depending on whether the marshmallow is completely encased.”
“The marshmallow is still quite hot at this point, and it strings out and sticks to EVERYTHING but preserve.”
“They were a bit difficult to cut as the marshmallow is very sticky but they tasted very nice - the brownie was moist and studded with walnuts and the topping was chewy and gooey.”
“Marcheline, everyone called her marshmallow because she was such a softie.”
“I liked how she shared a little personal bit of her mother with us by saying that although her name was Marcheline, everyone called her marshmallow because she was such a softie.”
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“And, yes, it was formerly an ingredient in a sweet paste called "marshmallow" - one word, the second syllable more commonly pronounced”
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