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rhubarb

noun rhu·barb \ˈrü-ˌbärb\

: 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

  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 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

noun rhu·barb \ˈrü-ˌbärb\

Definition of RHUBARB for Kids

:  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

noun rhu·barb \ˈrü-ˌbärb\

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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