Marshmallow



[mahrsh-mel-oh, -mal-oh] /ˈmɑrʃˌmɛl oʊ, -ˌmæl oʊ/

noun
1.
a sweetened paste or confection made from the mucilaginous root of the .
2.
a similar confection, usually soft and spongy, made from gum arabic or gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, and flavoring.
/ˌmɑːʃˈmæləʊ/
noun
1.
a sweet of a spongy texture containing gum arabic or gelatine, sugar, etc
2.
a sweetened paste or confection made from the root of the marsh mallow
n.

Old English mersc-mealwe “kind of mallow plant (Althea officinalis) which grows near salt marshes;” from marsh + mallow. The confection (so called from 1877) originally was made from paste from the roots of this plant. The Greek word for the plant, althaea, is from althein “to heal.”

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