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In Greek mythology, Althaea was the wife of Oeneus and mother of Meleager and Melanippe (one of the Meleagrids).

When Meleager was born, the Moirae predicted he would only live until a brand, burning in the family hearth, was consumed by fire. Althaea immediately hid the brand. Later, Meleager killed her two brothers in an argument and she placed the brand back upon the fire, killing him.

Ovid VIII, 455

In biology, Althaea[?] is the genus of the marsh mallow[?] plants.

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