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althea

Pronunciation: al-thē′ă

Definition: Derived from Althaea officinalis, a perennial herb found wild in moist places in Europe. Contains high proportions of starches, pectin, and sugars; used as a flavoring and demulcent agent.

Synonym(s): marshmallow root

[L., fr. G. althaia, marshmallow]

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