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1. Any of various plants of the genus Malva of the mallow family, having pink, purple, or white axillary flowers, palmate or dissected leaves, and dry disk-shaped fruits.
2. Any of various other plants in the mallow family, such as the rose mallow.
1. (Plants) any plant of the malvaceous genus Malva, esp M. sylvestris of Europe, having purple, pink, or white flowers. See also dwarf mallow, musk mallow
2. (Plants) any of various related plants, such as the marsh mallow, rose mallow, Indian mallow, and tree mallow
[Old English mealuwe, from Latin malva; probably related to Greek malakhē mallow]
any of various plants of the genus Malva, as the musk mallow.
[before 1000; Middle English malue, Old English mealwe < Latin malva]
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Malva moschata, mus rose, musk mallow - erect Old World perennial with faintly musk-scented foliage and white or pink flowers; adventive in United States
common mallow, Malva neglecta - annual Old World plant with clusters of pink or white flowers; naturalized in United States
cheeseflower, high mallow, Malva sylvestris, tall mallow, cheese - erect or decumbent Old World perennial with axillary clusters of rosy-purple flowers; introduced in United States
Abelmoschus moschatus, abelmosk, Hibiscus moschatus, musk mallow - bushy herb of tropical Asia grown for its yellow or pink to scarlet blooms that resemble the hibiscus
Abutilon theophrasti, butter-print, China jute, velvetweed, Indian mallow, velvetleaf, velvet-leaf - tall annual herb or subshrub of tropical Asia having velvety leaves and yellow flowers and yielding a strong fiber; naturalized in southeastern Europe and United States
hollyhock - any of various tall plants of the genus Alcea; native to the Middle East but widely naturalized and cultivated for its very large variously colored flowers
althaea, althea, hollyhock - any of various plants of the genus Althaea; similar to but having smaller flowers than genus Alcea
poppy mallow - a plant of the genus Callirhoe having palmately cleft leaves and white to red or purple flowers borne throughout the summer
hibiscus - any plant of the genus Hibiscus
Iliamna remota, Sphaeralcea remota, wild hollyhock - a rare mallow found only in Illinois resembling the common hollyhock and having pale rose-mauve flowers; sometimes placed in genus Sphaeralcea
Iliamna acerifolia, Iliamna ruvularis, mountain hollyhock - perennial of northwestern United States and western Canada resembling a hollyhock and having white or pink flowers
seashore mallow - any of various plants of the genus Kosteletzya predominantly of coastal habitats; grown for their flowers that resemble hibiscus
chaparral mallow, Malacothamnus fasciculatus, Sphaeralcea fasciculata - shrub of coastal ranges of California and Baja California having hairy branches and spikes of numerous mauve flowers; sometimes placed in genus Sphaeralcea
malope, Malope trifida - western Mediterranean annual having deep purple-red flowers subtended by 3 large cordate bracts
false mallow - an American plant of the genus Malvastrum
sleeping hibiscus, wax mallow, waxmallow - any of various plants of the genus Malvaviscus having brilliant bell-shaped drooping flowers like incompletely opened hibiscus flowers
glade mallow, Napaea dioica - tall coarse American herb having palmate leaves and numerous small white dioecious flowers; found wild in most alluvial soils of eastern and central United States
Sida hermaphrodita, Virginia mallow - tall handsome perennial herb of southeastern United States having maplelike leaves and white flowers
jellyleaf, Queensland hemp, Sida rhombifolia - herb widely distributed in tropics and subtropics used for forage and medicinally as a demulcent and having a fine soft bast stronger than jute; sometimes an aggressive weed
Indian mallow, Sida spinosa - tropical American weed having pale yellow or orange flowers naturalized in southern United States
checkerbloom, Sidalcea malviflora, wild hollyhock - perennial purple-flowered wild mallow of western North America that is also cultivated
false mallow, globe mallow - genus of coarse herbs and subshrubs of arid North and South America having pink or scarlet flowers and globose fruits