from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or belonging to the order Malvaceæ, or mallow family.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) Pertaining to, or resembling, a natural family of plants (Malvaceæ), of which the mallow is the type. The cotton plant, hollyhock, and abutilon are of this family. It was formerly classified as an order, and included the baobab and the silk-cotton trees. The baobab and silk-cotton trees are now placed in the family Bombacaceae, which is included with the Malvaceae in the order Malvales.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae.


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Latin malva ("mallow").


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