Mangrove meaning

măngrōv, măng-
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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.

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Any of various coastal or aquatic tropical trees or shrubs, esp. of the mangrove family, that form large colonies in swamps or shallow water and provide a habitat for young fish and shrimp.
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A habitat with such plants; mangrove forest; mangrove swamp.
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Any of various tropical evergreen trees or shrubs that grow in shallow coastal water.
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Plants of the Rhizophoraceae family.
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Trees of the genus Rhizophora.
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Designating a family (Rhizophoraceae, order Rhizophorales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs that inhabit tidal marshes and river mouths in the tropics.
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Any of various tropical or subtropical evergreen salt-tolerant trees or shrubs especially of the family Rhizophoraceae, forming dense thickets along tidal shores and typically having well-developed aerial roots.
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Origin of mangrove

  • Probably Portuguese mangue (from Taíno) grove

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary