mangrove

noun
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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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 Fighting storm surge will take strategies like sea walls and planting mangroves along the coast, which break up wave energy and slow beach erosion, Troxler said. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Hurricanes of the future may look a lot like Harvey — stronger, slower, a lot wetter | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 But pressure from fishing and shrinking mangroves that provide nurseries for juvenile fish drove down numbers dramatically, leaving reefs largely empty. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Florida's monster goliath grouper still off limits for fishing. At least for now | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 Woodlands, prairies, algae, mangroves, wetlands, and soil withdraw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and keep it from going back, tipping the balance negative. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 The calm waters allowed us to ease into a rhythm and scan for sightings, like when Mr. Acosta’s keen eyes spotted an osprey in her nest atop some mangroves. New York Times, "Want to See the Wild Side of Cuba? Try a Kayak," 16 May 2018 Paddle Boarding Intracoastal Adventures: Come out for a fun paddle along the mangroves to look for fish, turtles, and manatees, 9-11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, weather permitting. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Les Trois-Ilets is a small town popular for forest walks, Sunday picnics and exploring the mangroves on a kayak. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018 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

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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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mangrove

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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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