Marsh mallow
Marsh Marsh, n. [OE. mersch, AS. mersc, fr. mere lake. See {Mere} pool, and cf. {Marish}, {Morass}.] A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass. [Written also {marish}.] [1913 Webster]

{Marsh asphodel} (Bot.), a plant ({Nartheeium ossifragum}) with linear equitant leaves, and a raceme of small white flowers; -- called also {bog asphodel}.

{Marsh cinquefoil} (Bot.), a plant ({Potentilla palustris}) having purple flowers, and found growing in marshy places; marsh five-finger.

{Marsh elder}. (Bot.) (a) The guelder-rose or cranberry tree ({Viburnum Opulus}). (b) In the United States, a composite shrub growing in salt marshes ({Iva frutescens}).

{Marsh five-finger}. (Bot.) See {Marsh cinquefoil} (above).

{Marsh gas}. (Chem.) See under {Gas}.

{Marsh grass} (Bot.), a genus ({Spartina}) of coarse grasses growing in marshes; -- called also {cord grass}. The tall {Spartina cynosuroides} is not good for hay unless cut very young. The low {Spartina juncea} is a common component of salt hay.

{Marsh harrier} (Zo["o]l.), a European hawk or harrier ({Circus [ae]ruginosus}); -- called also {marsh hawk}, {moor hawk}, {moor buzzard}, {puttock}.

{Marsh hawk}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A hawk or harrier ({Circus cyaneus}), native of both America and Europe. The adults are bluish slate above, with a white rump. Called also {hen harrier}, and {mouse hawk}. (b) The marsh harrier.

{Marsh hen} (Zo["o]l.), a rail; esp., {Rallus elegans} of fresh-water marshes, and {Rallus longirostris} of salt-water marshes.

{Marsh mallow} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Alth[ae]a} ( {Alth[ae]a officinalis}) common in marshes near the seashore, and whose root is much used in medicine as a demulcent.

{Marsh marigold}. (Bot.) See in the Vocabulary.

{Marsh pennywort} (Bot.), any plant of the umbelliferous genus {Hydrocotyle}; low herbs with roundish leaves, growing in wet places; -- called also {water pennywort}.

{Marsh quail} (Zo["o]l.), the meadow lark.

{Marsh rosemary} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Statice} ({Statice Limonium}), common in salt marshes. Its root is powerfully astringent, and is sometimes used in medicine. Called also {sea lavender}.

{Marsh samphire} (Bot.), a plant ({Salicornia herbacea}) found along seacoasts. See {Glasswort}.

{Marsh St. John's-wort} (Bot.), an American herb ({Elodes Virginica}) with small opposite leaves and flesh-colored flowers.

{Marsh tea}. (Bot.). Same as {Labrador tea}.

{Marsh trefoil}. (Bot.) Same as {Buckbean}.

{Marsh wren} (Zo["o]l.), any species of small American wrens of the genus {Cistothorus}, and allied genera. They chiefly inhabit salt marshes. [1913 Webster]


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  • Marsh mallow — Mallow Mal low, Mallows Mal lows, n. [OE. malwe, AS. mealwe, fr. L. malva, akin to Gr. mala chh; cf. mala ssein to soften, malako s soft. Named either from its softening or relaxing properties, or from its soft downy leaves. Cf. {Mauve},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Marsh mallow — is an alternate spelling of marshmallow, which can refer to: Althaea officinalis, a mallow flower found in marshes, therefore marsh mallow Marshmallow, a spongy confection that was originally made from the above plant This disambiguation page… …   Wikipedia

  • marsh mallow — n. 1. a pink flowered, perennial, European plant (Althaea officinalis) of the mallow family: the root was formerly used for marshmallows and is sometimes used in medicine 2. ROSE MALLOW …   English World dictionary

  • marsh mallow — ► NOUN ▪ a tall pink flowered plant growing in marshes, whose roots were formerly used to make marshmallow …   English terms dictionary

  • marsh mallow — 1. an Old World mallow, Althaea officinalis, having pink flowers, found in marshy places. 2. the rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos. [bef. 1000; ME marshmalue, OE merscmealwe. See MARSH, MALLOW] * * * Perennial herbaceous plant (Althaea… …   Universalium

  • marsh-mallow — vaistinė svilarožė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Dedešvinių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Althaea officinalis), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Azijoje ir pietų Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Althaea officinalis angl. marsh …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • marsh-mallow — svilarožė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Dedešvinių (Malvaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Althaea). atitikmenys: lot. Althaea angl. althea; marsh mallow vok. Althee; Pappelrose; Stockmalve rus. алтей lenk. prawoślaz …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • marsh mallow — marsh′ mal low n. pln an Old World mallow, Althaea officinalis, having pink flowers, found in marshy places • Etymology: bef. 1000 …   From formal English to slang

  • marsh-mallow — marsh mallˈow noun A maritime marsh growing plant (Althaea officinalis) very similar to the hollyhock • • • Main Entry: ↑marsh …   Useful english dictionary

  • marsh mallow — noun European perennial plant naturalized in United States having triangular ovate leaves and lilac pink flowers • Syn: ↑white mallow, ↑Althea officinalis • Hypernyms: ↑althea, ↑althaea, ↑hollyhock • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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