marshmallow


marshmallow
marshmallow O.E. mersc-mealwe "kind of mallow plant (Althea officinalis) which grows near salt marshes;" from MARSH (Cf. marsh) + MALLOW (Cf. 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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  • marshmallow — [ marʃmalo ] n. m. • mil. XXe; mot angl. ♦ Anglic. Pâte de guimauve, présentée sous forme de cubes de couleurs pastel. Des marshmallows. ● marshmallow nom masculin (anglais marshmallow, guimauve) Guimauve molle enrobée de sucre glace et d amidon …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • marshmallow — ► NOUN ▪ a spongy sweet made from a mixture of sugar, albumen, and gelatin …   English terms dictionary

  • marshmallow — [märsh′mel΄ō, märsh′mal΄ō] n. 1. a sweet paste first made from the root of the marsh mallow, and now made of sugar, starch, corn syrup, and gelatin 2. a soft, spongy confection, in the form of small, rounded pieces coated with powdered sugar,… …   English World dictionary

  • Marshmallow — For other uses, see Marshmallow (disambiguation). A collection of coloured marshmallows The marshmallow is a confection that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, corn syrup, water, gelatin that has been softened in hot water,… …   Wikipedia

  • Marshmallow — Marshmallows Marshmallow (auch Mäusespeck, Hamburger Speck, Schaumzucker, selten Zuckerspeck[1]) ist eine Süßigkeit aus Eischnee, Geliermittel, Zucker sowie Aroma und Farbstoffen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • marshmallow — marshmallowy, adj. /mahrsh mel oh, mal oh/, n. 1. a sweetened paste or confection made from the mucilaginous root of the marsh mallow. 2. a similar confection, usually soft and spongy, made from gum arabic or gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, and… …   Universalium

  • Marshmallow — Guimauve (confiserie) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Guimauve. Guimauves roses. Blanches dans leur forme la plus simple, on les commercialise néanmoins souvent avec des colorants …   Wikipédia en Français

  • marshmallow — noun /mɑːʃˈmaləʊ,ˈmɑɹʃˌmɛl.oʊ,ˈmɑɹʃˌmæl.oʊ/ a) A species of mallow, Althaea officinalis, that grows in marshy terrain. The Disagreeable Girl is a female of the genus homo persuasion, built around a digestive apparatus that possesses marked… …   Wiktionary

  • marshmallow — [[t]mɑ͟ː(r)ʃmæ̱loʊ, AM mel [/t]] marshmallows 1) N UNCOUNT Marshmallow is a soft, sweet food that is used in some cakes, puddings, and sweets. 2) N COUNT Marshmallows are sweets made from marshmallow. ...a snack of marshmallows and chocolate …   English dictionary

  • marshmallow — UK [ˌmɑː(r)ʃˈmæləʊ] / US [ˈmɑrʃˌmeloʊ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms marshmallow : singular marshmallow plural marshmallows 1) a soft pink or white sweet with a thick round shape 2) a plant with pink flowers that grows in wet areas …   English dictionary


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