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 Birding enthusiasts rejoice: Mayakoba maintains 80% of its mangrove forests, which means that hundreds of species of birds can be found migrating here in a sprawling natural habitat that spans 240 hectares. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2022 The reserve is dedicated to one of the island's largest mangrove forests near her neighborhood in southern Puerto Rico. DÁnica Coto, ajc, 6 May 2022 Spend your time hiking to waterfalls, stargazing in telescopes, mountain biking rainforest singletrack, kayaking through mangrove forests, or floating in an inner tube down Rio Blanco Canyon below the Miravalles stratovolcano. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 5 Apr. 2019 Take a river cruise along fresh and saltwater estuaries and coastal mangrove inlets and coves. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 On Friday morning, the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation is honoring some of the nation’s most essential flora—the mangrove, to be precise. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The trip, which is offered by Get Up And Go Kayaking in Tierra Verde, Florida, takes travelers along Florida's mangroves and even through a mangrove tunnel (tide permitting). Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2022 In its wake, the hurricane destroyed the vast majority of mangrove forests that flank Mosquito Bay and other parts of Puerto Rico’s coastline. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2022 The 75-room resort, which opened in December, sits atop a sprawling mangrove forest that billows out onto nine acres of white sand beaches. Jessie Heyman, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Mangrove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mangrove. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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