- The definition of a mangrove is a tropical tree or shrub that grows in swampy areas and has tangled roots located above ground, or a tidal swamp with a number of these types of trees and shrubs.
A tree with above-ground, tangled roots that is growing in a wetlands area in Florida is an example of a mangrove.
Tangled mangroves in a swamp.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: altered (infl. by grove) from earlier mangrowe from Portuguese mangue from Spanish mangle from the West Indian (Taino) name
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- Any of several tropical evergreen trees or shrubs of the genus Rhizophora, having stiltlike roots and stems and forming dense thickets along tidal shores.
- Any of various similar shrubs or trees, especially of the genus Avicennia.
Origin: Probably Portuguese mangue (from Taino) + grove.