mangrove

noun
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 Adam Long joined the party at the top of the leaderboard with his third birdie in a row at No. 13, but drove right into a penalty area of mangrove trees off the 17th tee, made bogey and finished tied for third with Tom Hoge. Adam Schupak, The Arizona Republic, "Viktor Hovland wins Mayakoba Golf Classic," 7 Dec. 2020 The mangrove swamps reached as far as the airport, so the first smell was this ripe earth smell. New York Times, "Welcome to Our Museum of Smells," 18 Nov. 2020 As part of the hotel’s environmental responsibility pledge, the hotel’s forthcoming mangrove management plan will also ensure the natural habitats are not only protected but are also celebrated over time. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "An Eco-friendly Resort With Overwater Bungalows Inspired by the Maldives Is Coming to the UAE," 6 Nov. 2020 Adventure seekers can get their hearts pumping with a surfing lesson or try tackling a stand-up paddleboard through a mangrove forest. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "This Costa Rica Hotel Is Offering Long-term Stays With Morning Yoga, Socially Distanced Happy Hour, and an On-site Waterfall," 21 Oct. 2020 Many come to see the colorful roseate spoonbill, which thrive in an area considered the nation’s largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "First flight: 10 great places where beginning birders can get their wings," 20 Sep. 2020 Camp's aim is to identify the special qualities that allow mangrove corals to survive in a hostile environment. Jane Sit, CNN, "This marine biologist wants to use the world's toughest corals to save dying reefs," 16 Sep. 2020 And, once the pipeline gets to Tanzania, tankers the length of three football fields will try to transport the oil out through mangrove swamps and over coral reefs, in waters teeming with dugongs and sea turtles. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "With a New Pipeline in East Africa, an Oil Company Flouts France’s Leadership on Climate," 10 Sep. 2020 The formidable predators typically live in brackish waters near the coast, such as in mangrove swamps, river estuaries and lagoons. Zehra Jafree And Nectar Gan, CNN, "Massive 14-foot crocodile captured at tourist spot in Australia," 1 Sep. 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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“Mangrove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mangrove. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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mangrove

noun
How to pronounce mangrove (audio)

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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