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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Recent Examples on the Web That conversation eventually led Morris to spend a month doing volunteer work with a Christian conservation organization in Kenya, cataloging rare bird species, mapping mangrove forests, and collecting data on coral reefs. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, "For These Young Evangelical Activists, Facing the Climate Crisis Is an Act of Faith," 21 Mar. 2021 Justin Finley, a lifelong resident, led three paddlers through the fascinating mangrove swamps of Estero Bay. Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune, "Florida's wild 'quarantine' island is an escape from Fort Myers' crowds," 19 Feb. 2021 Along with two other kinds of coastal ecosystem—mangrove swamps and tidal marshes—seagrass meadows are particularly good at taking carbon dioxide from the air and converting it into plant matter. The Economist, "Blue carbon Seagrasses and mangroves can suck carbon from the air," 6 Mar. 2021 Walters and McClenachan knew that Mosquito Lagoon is farther north and not as warm as Tampa Bay, and probably not as favorable for mangrove expansion. Kevin Spear,, "Climate surprise: Warming planet helps Florida mangroves conquer oysters," 5 Mar. 2021 For some time now many experts and analysts have resorted to the metaphor of the mangrove to describe the hybridization of digital and physical. World Economic Forum, Forbes, "Post-Pandemic Leadership: How Managing A Business Is Changing In Times Of Covid-19," 1 Mar. 2021 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

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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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28 Mar 2021

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“Mangrove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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