- 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.
Origin of mangrovealtered (infl. by grove) ; from earlier mangrowe ; from Portuguese mangue ; from Spanish mangle ; from the West Indian (Taino) name
Origin of mangroveProbably Portuguese mangue (from Taíno) + grove.
Circa 1610, corruption of earlier mangrow by folk etymology influence of grove, from Portuguese mangue, from Spanish mangle (directly from Spanish), from a Caribbean language, possibly Taino, another Arawakan language, or a Cariban language.