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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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}, 
  {Malachite}.]  (Bot.) 
  A  genus  of  plants  ({Malva})  having  mucilaginous  qualities. 
  See  {Malvaceous}. 
  Note:  The  flowers  of  the  common  mallow  ({M.  sylvestris})  are 
  used  in  medicine.  The  dwarf  mallow  ({M.  rotundifolia}) 
  is  a  common  weed,  and  its  flattened,  dick-shaped  fruits 
  are  called  cheeses  by  children.  Tree  mallow  ({M. 
  Mauritiana}  and  {Lavatera  arborea}),  musk  mallow  ({M. 
  moschata}),  rose  mallow  or  hollyhock,  and  curled  mallow 
  ({M.  crispa}),  are  less  commonly  seen. 
  {Indian  mallow}.  See  {Abutilon}. 
  {Jew's  mallow},  a  plant  ({Corchorus  olitorius})  used  as  a  pot 
  herb  by  the  Jews  of  Egypt  and  Syria. 
  {Marsh  mallow}.  See  under  {Marsh}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  any  of  various  plants  of  the  family  Malvaceae 

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