General English


  • A tall hardy perennial, Althaea officinalis, from whose roots and leaves a thickening agent used to be extracted which, with sugar, made the original marshmallow confection. The seeds and flowers are edible and the young leaves can be used in salads or steamed and served as a vegetable and were used as such by the ancient Romans.
  • A soft, sweet, opaque jelly-like confection cut in 2 to 3 cm cubes and rolled in icing sugar. Sometimes used in desserts.


  • noun a soft spongy sweet made from sugar syrup, egg whites, and flavouring