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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See under Marsh.
  • n. a plant of the genus Althæa ( Althæa officinalis) common in marshes near the seashore, and whose root is much used in medicine as a demulcent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A paste or confection made from the root of this plant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. European perennial plant naturalized in United States having triangular ovate leaves and lilac-pink flowers
  • n. 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