Origin of rhubarb
Examples from the Web for rhubarb
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|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.
Put the rhubarb into the bowl with the sugar and lemon, cover and stand away in a cool place over night.Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus|Rufus Estes
The abdomen may also be well fomented, and a dose of Tincture of Rhubarb taken occasionally.
Place three tablespoons of rhubarb conserve in a cocktail glass.Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book|Mary A. Wilson
She was hunting desert pickles and trying to remember whether Indian rhubarb ever grew so far south.Her Father's Daughter|Gene Stratton-Porter
English rhubarb possesses all the preceding qualities in a greatly less degree.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
British Dictionary definitions for rhubarb
Word Origin for rhubarb
Word Origin and History for rhubarb
late 14c., from Old French rubarbe, from Medieval Latin rheubarbarum, from Greek rha barbaron "foreign rhubarb," from rha "rhubarb," perhaps ultimately from a source akin to Persian rewend "rhubarb" (associated in Greek with Rha, ancient Scythian name of the River Volga) + barbaron, neuter of barbaros "foreign" (see barbarian). Grown in China and Tibet, it was imported into ancient Europe by way of Russia.
Spelling altered in Medieval Latin by association with rheum. European native species so called from 1640s. Baseball slang meaning "loud squabble on the field" is from 1938, of unknown origin, said to have been first used by broadcaster Garry Schumacher. Perhaps connected with use of rhubarb as a word repeated by stage actors to give the impression of hubbub or conversation (attested from 1934).