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.
[Middle English malwe, from Old English mealwe and from Old French malve, both from Latin malva, probably of Semitic origin; see mlḥ in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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