Definition of mallow in US English:



  • A herbaceous plant with hairy stems, pink or purple flowers, and disk-shaped fruit. Several kinds are grown as ornamentals, and some are edible.

    Genus Malva, family Malvaceae (the mallow family): many species. This family also includes the hollyhocks, hibiscus, and abutilon. See also marshmallow, rose mallow

    • ‘My parents are buried in a garden I made in Water Mill, the graves two unmarked stones, surrounded by Montauk daisies and pink mallow.’
    • ‘Other locals include yarrow, pussytoes, mallow, cudweed, meadowsweet, and chickweed.’
    • ‘The dried or fresh flowers and leaves of high mallow and dwarf mallow are used as food and medicine.’
    • ‘The look is deliberately natural, with an emphasis on indigenous plants such as swamp mallow and drought-tolerant ornamental grasses.’
    • ‘Rose mallow can be distinguished from marsh mallow mainly by the leaves and the size of the flowers.’


Old English meal(u)we, from Latin malva; related to Greek malakhē; compare with mauve.