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mallow (n.)

late 14c., spelling alteration of late Old English malwe and directly from Latin malva "mallows" (source also of Modern French mauve, Spanish and Italian malva), a word from a Mediterranean substrate language. The same lost word apparently yielded Greek malakhe "mallow."

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Definitions of mallow from WordNet

mallow (n.)
any of various plants of the family Malvaceae;
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