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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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 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

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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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