from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shrubby herb, Althæa officinalis, growing in marshy places, especially maritime, in the temperate regions of the Old World, and on the coast of New England and New York.
  • noun A paste or confection made from the root of this plant.

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  • noun European perennial plant naturalized in United States having triangular ovate leaves and lilac-pink flowers
  • noun spongy confection made of gelatin and sugar and corn syrup and dusted with powdered sugar


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  • Althaea officinalis, a European mallow naturalized in marshy places in eastern North America, and formerly used in making marshmallows.

    July 15, 2007