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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The wine has a nice bit of juicy acidity to accompany flavors of raspberries, rhubarb, menthol and orange peel. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Columbia Gorge wineries release Eagle Creek Fire pinot noirs to raise funds for restoring hiking trails," 11 July 2019 Its main ingredient Aperol, the Italian aperitif made with bitter oranges, rhubarb, roots, and other ingredients, happens to be celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "10 Best Places to Drink Aperol Spritzes This Summer," 3 July 2019 Venders were selling rhubarb, strawberries, honey, watercress, and foie gras. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 Drinks: Relax with a Champagne Cocktail made with lemon sorbet and blackberry ($10) or the Pimm’s Punch, a blend of Pimm’s No. 1, aloe liqueur, ginger, rhubarb, cucumber, mint, lemon and sparkling wine ($12). Samantha Nelson, chicagotribune.com, "13 new summer brunches in Chicago," 17 June 2019 Add the rhubarb, berries, salt, lemon zest and juice, and stir until evenly coated. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 There is only ¾ cup sugar in the filling, which is just enough to balance the tart rhubarb. Jean Kressy, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie," 10 June 2019 Sarah Bean of Arctic Organics says their rhubarb crop is coming in too. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Take an urban food tour, get your rhubarb fix, plus fresh greens and radishes," 7 June 2019 Let simmer, stirring continuously, until rhubarb and strawberries are fully softened, about 10 minutes. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019

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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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