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rhubarb

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noun rhu·barb \ˈrü-ˌbärb\

Simple Definition of rhubarb

  • : a plant with large green leaves and with thick pink or red stems that are cooked and used in pies, jams, etc.

  • : an angry argument

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rhubarb

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Rheum) of Asian plants of the buckwheat family having large leaves with thick succulent petioles often used as food; also :  the petioles of rhubarb

  2. 2 :  the dried rhizome and roots of any of several rhubarbs (as Rheum officinale and R. palmatum) grown in China and Tibet and used as a purgative and stomachic

  3. 3 :  a heated dispute or controversy

Examples of rhubarb in a sentence

  1. The coach got into a rhubarb with the umpire.

  2. <a basketball coach whose ranting rhubarbs with officials are the stuff of legend>



Origin and Etymology of rhubarb

Middle English rubarbe, from Anglo-French reubarbe, from Medieval Latin reubarbarum, alteration of rha barbarum, literally, barbarian rhubarb


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with rhubarb


RHUBARB Defined for Kids

rhubarb

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noun rhu·barb \ˈrü-ˌbärb\

Definition of rhubarb for Students

  1. :  the thick juicy pink or red stems of a garden plant that have a tart flavor and are used cooked especially in jams and desserts




Medical Dictionary

rhubarb

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noun rhu·barb \ˈrü-ˌbärb\

Medical Definition of rhubarb

  1. 1:  any of several plants of the genus Rheum having large leaves with thick succulent petioles often used as food

  2. 2:  the dried rhizome and roots of any of several rhubarbs (especially Rheum officinale and R. palmatum) grown in China and Tibet and used as a purgative and stomachic





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