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[mang-grohv, man-] /ˈmæŋ groʊv, ˈmæn-/
any tropical tree or shrub of the genus Rhizophora, the species of which are mostly low trees growing in marshes or tidal shores, noted for their interlacing above-ground adventitious roots.
any of various similar plants.
Origin of mangrove
1605-15; alteration (by folk etymology) of earlier mangrow < Portuguese mangueTaino Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sir John had shouted as he laid about him in the mangrove trees.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • The bird stays in the mangrove thickets in the daylight hours.

  • They couldn't keep the water down, and they rammed her into a mangrove forest to save her.

    For Jacinta Harold Bindloss
  • It is not an easy matter to state the average size of mangrove trees.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • After looking it over and talking about it a bit, they chose a mangrove bush for their very own.

    Bird Stories Edith M. Patch
  • The mangrove grows on the shores of the west coast in profusion.

  • The only other mammal recorded was a large fox-bat, a skeleton of which was found hanging on a mangrove bush.

    Cruise of the 'Alert' R. W. Coppinger
  • Our factories stand by the mangrove creeks the slavers haunted.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • If a man could choose his last resting-place, wouldn't this blue water be much nicer than a mangrove swamp in Africa.

    The League of the Leopard Harold Bindloss
  • Nest a platform of sticks about five feet from the ground, in a mangrove tree.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
British Dictionary definitions for mangrove


/ˈmæŋɡrəʊv; ˈmæn-/
  1. any tropical evergreen tree or shrub of the genus Rhizophora, having stiltlike intertwining aerial roots and growing below the highest tide levels in estuaries and along coasts, forming dense thickets: family Rhizophoraceae
  2. (as modifier): mangrove swamp
any of various similar trees or shrubs of the genus Avicennia: family Avicenniaceae
Word Origin
C17 mangrow (changed through influence of grove), from Portuguese mangue, ultimately from Taino
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mangrove

1610s, mangrow, probably from Spanish mangle, mangue (1530s), which is perhaps from Carib or Arawakan. Modern spelling in English (1690s) is from influence of grove. A Malay origin also has been proposed, but it is difficult to explain how it came to be used for an American plant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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