Mal-va'se-e. L. Malv-a + aceae, fern. pl. of malvaceus, of mallows: malva, mallow, fr. Gr.
soft, mild - i. e., owing to its emollient properties or soft, downy leaves. Herbs, shrubs, trees. Distinguished by stamens monadelphous, anthers 1-celled, seed reniform; flowers regular; sepals 5; petals 5; pistils several, united; albuminous, superior; temperate climate, tropics; demulcent, tough fibres, hairs as cotton.
Genera: 1. Althaea. 2. Gossypium.