man·grove | \ ˈman-ˌgrōv , 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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Also, in 2009, the country passed a law to reduce mangrove cutting, since the trees often serve as critical nursery habitat for marine organisms. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "How One Country Is Restoring Its Damaged Ocean," 11 Apr. 2018 Seven months later, the mangrove plants were big enough to transplant. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Florida Teen Plants Hundreds of Mangrove Trees Uprooted by Hurricane Irma," 13 Apr. 2018 Two-person glass-bottom kayaks enter through a mangrove that is part of the Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve in Fajardo on the northeast coast. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 This summer, strict regulations on the cutting of mangroves also went into effect. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List," 28 June 2018 Use jerkbaits and swimbaits near docks, points and mangroves for snook, redfish and trout. Mark Blythe,, "Fishing forecast: June 20, 2018," 20 June 2018 Outside, an Infinity edge pool with spa awaits bathers who can gaze across the Intracoastal toward mangroves and the ocean. David Lyons,, "Boca waterfront mansion a finalist in HGTV's 'Ultimate House Hunt'," 18 June 2018 The best and biggest bacalaitos can be found in Piñones, a coastal town where unspoiled beaches and mangroves line one side of Road 187 and a conifer forest lines the other side. Illyanna Maisonet,, "Bacalaitos as familial memory and penance," 5 July 2018 Presently, an invasive parasitic fly threatens to render the endemic mangrove finch—of which only an estimated 100 remain—extinct. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Visit the Galapagos Like a Royal," 23 June 2018

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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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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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