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
Full Definition of rhubarb
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 : 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 : a heated dispute or controversy
Examples of rhubarb
The coach got into a rhubarb with the umpire.
<a basketball coach whose ranting rhubarbs with officials are the stuff of legend>
Origin 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
Definition of rhubarb
: 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 Definition of rhubarb
1: any of several plants of the genus Rheum having large leaves with thick succulent petioles often used as food
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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