Definition for AL-THE'A

AL-THE'A, n. [Gr. αλθαια from αλθω, or αλθαινω, to heal.]

In botany, a genus of polyandrian monadelphs, of several species; one species is called, in English, marsh-mallow. The common species has a perennial root, and an annual stalk, rising four or five feet. It abounds with mucilage, and is used as an emollient.

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