Definition of mangrove in English:


Line breaks: man|grove
Pronunciation: /ˈmaŋgrəʊv


  • 1A tree or shrub which grows in tidal, chiefly tropical, coastal swamps, having numerous tangled roots that grow above ground and form dense thickets.
    • Genera in several families, in particular Rhizophora and related genera (family Rhizophoraceae), and Avicennia (family Verbenaceae or Avicenniaceae)
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    • The swamps include sago palms, mangroves, and patches of tropical rain forest.
    • It feeds on the seeds of a wide variety of trees, shrubs, grasses, mangroves and in rice plantations.
    • Likewise mangroves grow well despite transient flooding of their root system with sea water.
  • 1.1 (also mangrove swamp) A tidal swamp which is dominated by mangroves.
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    • Passing out of the mangrove swamp, we entered a deep marsh.
    • They marched until they were knee-deep in a mangrove swamp, then simply turned around.
    • The three men raised both arms as they walked ashore and into a mangrove swamp.


early 17th century: probably from Portuguese mangue, Spanish mangle, from Taino. The change in the ending was due to association with grove.

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