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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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 This one packs in rhubarb and strawberry for its neon hue, and a little kick of vodka to bring a smile to anyone (over the age of 21). Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "6 berry-filled treats to light up your Fourth of July celebration," 1 July 2019 Plenty of farmers market vendors have rhubarb for those looking to buy, not trade. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Give rhubarb, get Wild Scoops ice cream. Also, where to get the season’s first strawberries.," 13 June 2019 Would the smell of the rhubarb make my gentle cat do this? Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Rubbing this cat’s rhubarb can be dangerous to your health," 7 June 2019 Using a vegetable peeler, remove the stringy outer layer of the rhubarb and scrape the stalks to about the thickness of your frangipane layer. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Add the rhubarb and strawberries and mix gently with a large spatula. Jean Kressy, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie," 10 June 2019 Share a creme brulee with raspberry framboise preserved rhubarb and raspberry crumble ($13) with your date or your friend to end the outing on a sweet note. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: Walk the 606 then Mindy's Hot Chocolate," 30 June 2017 Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb is broken down, about 12 minutes. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Leslie Kirchhoff, Ice Cube Artist, Shares 3 Spring Cocktail Recipes," 14 May 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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