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

Examples of mangrove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 4000 tons of crude oil residue from an unknown source have landed on the country’s northeast seaboard since late August, contaminating hundreds of beaches, estuaries, reefs, and mangroves along a 2500-kilometer stretch of shoreline. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious oil spill threatens marine biodiversity haven in Brazil," 4 Nov. 2019 The report calls for investing nearly $2 trillion in infrastructure, early warning systems, more resilient agriculture, water resources and protecting mangroves, arguing those would yield about $7 trillion in benefits. Nicholas Kusnetz,, "Benefits of investing in climate adaptation far outweigh costs, commission says," 11 Sep. 2019 Most of the strip goes through mangrove areas that are inaccessible to park visitors. Larry Barszewski,, "A private company now owns part of a county park. How could that happen?," 19 Aug. 2019 Satellite images show that stretches of Mumbai’s coast have eroded by as much as 18 metres since 2000, in part because developers and slum-dwellers have paved over protective mangroves. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 Right in front of him, Kirkland had stretched out his entire 13-foot length along a horizontal branch of a mangrove tree, just above eye level. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Earlier this month, Pangala, now at Lancaster University, flew to Mexico with her young son, ready to clamp methane monitoring equipment to mangroves in the coastal swamps of the Yucatan. Fred Pearce, WIRED, "Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane," 9 July 2019 These include anything from restoring mangroves, patch by patch, to barriers built out of interlocking blocks that can be added to as needed. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 Oyster reefs, and their eco-cousins of coral, mangroves, seagrass and salt marsh, make food, shelter and overall habitat for entire communities of aquatic life. Kevin Spear,, "Florida’s oysters in Apalachicola, Cedar Key face climate threats to survival | Special Report," 15 Aug. 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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The first known use of mangrove was in 1613

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11 Nov 2019

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“Mangrove.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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