any of several plants belonging to the genus Rheum, of the buckwheat family, as R. officinale, having a medicinal rhizome, and R. rhabarbarum, having edible leafstalks.
the rhizome of any medicinal species of this plant, forming a combined cathartic and astringent.
the edible, fleshy leafstalks of R. rhabarbarum, used in making pies, preserves, etc.
Slang. a quarrel or squabble.
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How to use rhubarb in a sentence
Chopped rhubarb makes a nice, slightly tart addition, as well.
The few instances I might have tried rhubarb, it was almost certainly paired with strawberries in a supporting role.
The cake is a variation on a Dorie Greenspan recipe where I’ve switched up the flavorings to let cardamom’s fragrant warmth mingle with the tartness of the rhubarb.
A strawberries and roasted rhubarb crisp keeps the sugar in check, not the flavorRhubarb’s pleasant tartness is what makes it great in desserts, lending balance to a recipe’s sweetness.
Hitting farmers markets and grocery stores in late spring, rhubarb comes in stalks ranging from soft, pale green to deep crimson red.
She even had the audacity to steal from his personal rhubarb plant.The Other Mumford & Sons, Shark Week Insanity & More Viral Videos | The Daily Beast Video | August 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
RHUBY is a heady blend of rhubarb, beets, carrots, and cardamom.Art in the Age: Ex-Ad Man Steven Grasse’s Wonderfully Weird Spirits | Jace Lacob | August 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Serve the Baked Alaska immediately with the rhubarb syrup and extra raspberries.
rhubarb Roulade This powdered sugar-dusted pink-and-white pinwheel is a classically beautiful Gourmet dessert.
Mike loaded the wagon with peas, the last of the rhubarb, and ten quarts of currants picked by Peter, and off we started.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
If I were her medical man, I should order her a dose of rhubarb and sal volatile.The Nicest Girl in the School | Angela Brazil
When made of good Turkey, or even East India rhubarb, it is a very valuable preparation.
The large-leaved rhubarb and cabbage plants slept too, their broad limp surfaces hanging in the sun like half-closed umbrellas.Tess of the d'Urbervilles | Thomas Hardy
Take spicierum hier, a scruple each of rhubarb, agaric lozenges, and make into pills with iris juice.The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for rhubarb
any of several temperate and subtropical plants of the polygonaceous genus Rheum, esp R. rhaponticum (common garden rhubarb), which has long green and red acid-tasting edible leafstalks, usually eaten sweetened and cooked
the leafstalks of this plant
a related plant, Rheum officinale, of central Asia, having a bitter-tasting underground stem that can be dried and used medicinally as a laxative or astringent
US and Canadian slang a heated discussion or quarrel
the noise made by actors to simulate conversation, esp by repeating the word rhubarb at random
to simulate conversation, esp by repeating the word rhubarb at random
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