AskDefine | Define mallow

Dictionary Definition

mallow n : any of various plants of the family Malvaceae

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English

Etymology

Old English mealwe, from Latin malva.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A group of plants in several genera of the taxonomic family Malvaceae, especially of the genus Malva. Several species are edible by humans.

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Translations

a group of plants in several genera of the taxonomic family Malvaceae

Extensive Definition

Mallow is the common name of several closely related genera of plant in the family Malvaceae: Plants of the genus Malva are herbaceous perennial plants; the other genera include annuals, herbaceous perennials, sub-shrubs, shrubs, and small trees (including hibiscus). Several mallows are of horticultural merit. Some have other economic uses, although none is a major crop plant.
Mallow may also refer to:
mallow in German: Malven
mallow in French: Mauve
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