marshmallow definition

  • noun:
    • A light, spongy, extremely nice confection made of corn syrup, gelatin, sugar, and starch and dusted with powdered sugar.
    • A confection of sweetened paste, formerly created from the root of marshmallow plant.
    • Botany A perennial plant (Althaea officinalis) indigenous to Europe and naturalized in marshes of eastern North America, having showy green plants and a mucilaginous root sporadically used as a demulcent as well as in confectionery.
    • Slang A timid, cowardly, or ineffective person.
    • Someone who is soft and benign.

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