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Any of various tropical or subtropical evergreen salt-tolerant trees or shrubs especially of the family Rhizophoraceae, forming dense thickets along tidal shores and typically having well-developed aerial roots.
[Probably Portuguese mangue (from Taíno) + grove.]
a. any tropical evergreen tree or shrub of the genus Rhizophora, having stiltlike intertwining aerial roots and growing below the highest tide levels in estuaries and along coasts, forming dense thickets: family Rhizophoraceae
b. (as modifier): mangrove swamp.
2. (Plants) any of various similar trees or shrubs of the genus Avicennia: family Avicenniaceae
[C17 mangrow (changed through influence of grove), from Portuguese mangue, ultimately from Taino]
man•grove(ˈmæŋ groʊv, ˈmæn-)
1. any tropical tree or shrub belonging to the genus Rhizophora, of the family Rhizophoraceae, the species of which are mostly low trees growing in marshes or tidal shores, noted for interlacing above-ground roots.
2. any similar plant.
[1605–15; alter. of earlier mangrow < Portuguese mangue « Taino]
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|Noun||1.||mangrove - a tropical tree or shrub bearing fruit that germinates while still on the tree and having numerous prop roots that eventually form an impenetrable mass and are important in land building|
genus Rhizophora, Rhizophora - type genus of the Rhizophoraceae; a small genus of tropical trees and shrubs