man·​grove | \ ˈman-ˌgrōv How to pronounce mangrove (audio) , ˈmaŋ- \

Definition of mangrove

1 : any of a genus (Rhizophora, especially R. mangle of the family Rhizophoraceae) of tropical maritime trees or shrubs that send out many prop roots and form dense masses important in coastal land building and as foundations of unique ecosystems
2 : any of numerous trees (as of the genera Avicennia of the vervain family or Sonneratia of the family Sonneratiaceae) with growth habits like those of the true mangroves

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Recent Examples on the Web Don’t worry about anything.’ TOUR GUIDES Mauricio Martinez Mr. Martinez, 33, works as a tour guide for the Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Costa Rica, providing guests with tours of the nearby national parks, wetlands and mangroves. Emily Palmer, New York Times, "Voices From Travel’s Frontlines: ‘Fasten Your Seatbelts’," 25 Mar. 2020 Governments and communities around the world have begun to embrace and celebrate mangroves. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Tires, plastic and trash destroy the mangroves on the shores of Jagua Bay. 14ymedio Environmental disasters on the bay has been happening for years. Mario J. Pentón, miamiherald, "Pollution is destroying the environment and livelihood for residents in this Cuban city," 7 June 2018 Near the southern tip of the island, Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge offers honeymooners a chance to explore the surrounding mangroves, lemur forests and the rugged southern coast. Michelle Gross, Travel + Leisure, "56 Wonderful Places to Honeymoon Right Now," 24 June 2016 Improved monitoring and increased protections for mangroves have resulted in slower rates of loss. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Lopez Obrador’s appointee at the federal environment watchdog canceled a fine imposed on a company that earlier chopped down mangroves at Dos Bocas. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Mexico’s state oil company hasn’t paid hundreds of workers for months," 15 Apr. 2020 The planet’s mangroves will breathe a sigh of relief. Alicia Kennedy, The New Republic, "The Problem With Shrimp," 13 Apr. 2020 Sri Lanka is a mangrove hotspot with 22 species flourishing along its coasts, deltas and lagoons. Sarah Lazarus And Jon Jensen, CNN, "How Sri Lanka's mangrove forests can save lives," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of mangrove

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mangrove

probably from Portuguese mangue mangrove (from Spanish mangle, probably from Taino) + English grove

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The first known use of mangrove was in 1613

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9 Jun 2020

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“Mangrove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mangrove

: a tropical tree that has roots which grow from its branches and that grows in swamps or shallow salt water

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