noun Date: before 12th century 1. a pink-flowered European perennial herb (Althaea officinalis) of the mallow family that is naturalized in the eastern United States and has flowers, leaves, and roots used in herbal remedies 2. a sweet white confection usually in the form of a spread or small spongy cylindrical pieces now usually made from corn syrup, sugar, albumen, and gelatin but formerly from the marshmallow's root; also one of these spongy pieces <
toasted marshmallows on sticks over a campfire
marshmallowy adjective

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