rhubarb

noun rhu·barb \ ˈrü-ˌbärb \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of rhubarb

1 a :any of a genus (Rheum) of Asian plants of the buckwheat family having large leaves with thick petioles often used as food; also :the petioles of rhubarb
b :the tart, succulent, usually pink or red petioles of rhubarb used especially in pies and preserves
2 :the dried rhizome and roots of any of various rhubarbs (such as Rheum officinale and R. palmatum) grown chiefly in temperate parts of China and used in folk medicine especially as a laxative, diuretic, and ulcer treatment
3 :a heated dispute or controversy

Examples of rhubarb in a Sentence

  1. The coach got into a rhubarb with the umpire.

  2. a basketball coach whose ranting rhubarbs with officials are the stuff of legend

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Origin and Etymology of rhubarb

Middle English rubarbe, from Anglo-French reubarbe, from Medieval Latin reubarbarum, alteration of rha barbarum, literally, barbarian rhubarb


RHUBARB Defined for English Language Learners

rhubarb

noun

Definition of rhubarb for English Language Learners

  • : a plant with large green leaves and with thick pink or red stems that are cooked and used in pies, jams, etc.

  • : an angry argument


RHUBARB Defined for Kids

rhubarb

noun rhu·barb \ ˈrü-ˌbärb \

Definition of rhubarb for Students

:the thick juicy pink or red stems of a garden plant that have a tart flavor and are used cooked especially in jams and desserts

Medical Dictionary

rhubarb

noun rhu·barb \ ˈrü-ˌbärb \

medical Definition of rhubarb

1 :any of several plants of the genus Rheum having large leaves with thick succulent petioles often used as food
2 :the dried rhizome and roots of any of several rhubarbs (especially Rheum officinale and R. palmatum) grown in China and Tibet and used as a purgative and stomachic


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