rhubarb

noun
rhu·​barb | \ ˈrü-ˌbärb How to pronounce rhubarb (audio) \

Definition of rhubarb

1a : 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

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Examples of rhubarb in a Sentence

The coach got into a rhubarb with the umpire. a basketball coach whose ranting rhubarbs with officials are the stuff of legend

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If the rhubarb still seems thick, cut lengthwise into ¼-inch-wide strips. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Turn the heat down to low and allow the rhubarb to simmer 30 minutes. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Rhubarb meets gin in a rose-colored, refreshing summer cocktail," 5 July 2018 After poaching the rhubarb, the sugar syrup is boiled down into a glaze to be brushed over the cake, adding shine and moisture. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Rhubarb Shows Off Its Stripes," 11 May 2018 Mixed thoroughly, then spread on top of the berries and rhubarb in the cooker. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Slow-Cooker Monday: Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler," 28 May 2012 Parents deposited their kids at Main Street’s Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre for free Saturday morning cartoons before loading up on wiffle-bat-sized stalks of rhubarb, braided garlic and lush greens. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "A Getaway to the ‘Tuscany of America’," 27 July 2018 Fold the uncovered edges of the dough over the rhubarb, crimping every few inches to form a pleated round crust that tucks in the fruit but leaves the center exposed. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 The Faroe Island Salmon, with almonds, rhubarb, white asparagus, and green garlic, is almost too pretty too eat, and the confit chicken leg comes with green lentils, spring peas, and a heavenly lavender jus. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Likewise, kudzu makes great salsa, and Japanese knotweed can be treated like rhubarb. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Overrun by Alien Species," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of rhubarb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rhubarb

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

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rhubarb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rhubarb

: a plant with large green leaves and with thick pink or red stems that are cooked and used in pies, jams, etc.
US, informal + old-fashioned : an angry argument

rhubarb

noun
rhu·​barb | \ ˈrü-ˌbärb How to pronounce rhubarb (audio) \

Kids Definition of rhubarb

: 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

rhubarb

noun
rhu·​barb | \ ˈrü-ˌbärb How to pronounce rhubarb (audio) \

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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