A genus of plants (Malva
) having mucilaginous qualities. See Malvaceous
. [1913 Webster
" The flowers of the common mallow (Malva sylvestris) are used in medicine. The dwarf mallow (Malva rotundifolia) is a common weed, and its flattened, dick-shaped fruits are called cheeses by children. Tree mallow (Malva Mauritiana and Lavatera arborea), musk mallow (Malva moschata), rose mallow or hollyhock, and curled mallow (Malva crispa), are less commonly seen."