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mangrove

[ mang-grohv, man- ]
/ ˈmæŋ groʊv, ˈmæn- /
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noun

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.

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Origin of mangrove

First recorded in 1605–15; alteration (by folk etymology) of earlier mangrow, from Portuguese mangue, ultimately derived from Taíno
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British Dictionary definitions for mangrove

mangrove
/ (ˈmæŋɡrəʊv, ˈmæn-) /

noun

  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
C17 mangrow (changed through influence of grove), from Portuguese mangue, ultimately from Taino
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