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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The planet's shallow water coral reefs are now down to about half their original extent and 30% to 50% of the world's mangroves are already gone. CNN, "We're failing the world's oceans. Businesses can help save them," 14 June 2019 From mangroves to azure waters, explore the best of Southwest Florida with your partner. Holly V. Kapherr, USA TODAY, "7 romantic ways to reconnect in Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades," 4 June 2019 Start the day early on a long-tail boat and savor your breakfast in the center of one of these towering karsts, kayak through mangroves, and hop around to the nearby islets. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Skip Phuket and Koh Samui—Go to This Island in Thailand Instead," 23 May 2019 Coral reefs and mangroves protect coastal areas from storms such as hurricanes. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "One million species at risk of extinction, UN report warns," 6 May 2019 Some of their ideas cover old ground: more elevated streets, more mangroves along the coast, plants to soak up excess water and systems to treat stormwater before releasing it into Biscayne Bay. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Harvard says this is how Miami Beach avoids a 'dystopian' future of sea level rise | Miami Herald," 12 Apr. 2018 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Why: Ancient mangroves, uncrowded white-sand beaches, crystal-clear water—the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the stuff of vacation dreams. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Here’s Where to Travel in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 Take Tuesday Off Puerto Rico offers coffee plantations, bioluminescent bays, grassy plains, rainforests, mountains, mangroves, and surf beaches—in an area roughly the size of Connecticut. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 Some of the villas look out on this central cornucopia, while others are more secluded with their windows facing the property’s some 16 acres of mangrove forests. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019

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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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