- 1The thick reddish or green leaf stalks of a cultivated plant of the dock family, which are eaten as a fruit after cooking: [as modifier]: rhubarb pieMore example sentences
- Don't, whatever you do, and I'm being one hundred per cent serious here, mix quadruple whiskies, cheeseburgers and re-heated rhubarb pie.
- There would be rhubarb pie and buttermilk, flags flying and youngsters scampering, a parade, a pageant, and fireworks to light up the night sky.
- Tom surveyed the table, eyes settling on rhubarb pie.
- 2The large-leaved Eurasian plant which produces rhubarb.
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- Rheum rhaponticum (or rhabarbarum), family Polygonaceae
- Perennials, such as artichokes, asparagus and rhubarb are also sold in bare-root form.
- As soon as the soil can be worked, plant bare-root asparagus, horseradish, Jerusalem artichokes, and rhubarb.
- Unfolded flower buds of rhubarb are cooked in the same ways as elderberry flowers.
- 2.1Used in names of other plants of the same genus as rhubarb, several of which are used medicinally, e.g. Chinese rhubarb.More example sentences
- Its common name is prickly rhubarb and it does indeed look like rhubarb gone ballistic.
- Other common names include pestwurz, blatterdock, bog rhubarb, and butter-dock.
- 3British • informal The noise made by a group of actors to give the impression of indistinct background conversation, especially by the random repetition of the word ‘rhubarb’.More example sentences
- Suddenly stuck for words to say, we started saying mumble mumble mumble and rah rah rah and rhubarb rhubarb to each other, and being extra-animated in our facial expressions and gestures.
- 4 [count noun] North American • informal A heated dispute: rhubarbs often broke out among these less than professional playersMore example sentences
- After all, Martin reasoned, such retaliation is a commonplace of baseball, with brushback rhubarbs happening almost weekly every season.
- Still, it was just a run-of-the-mill rhubarb, barely worth comment, which is true of most such arguments between arbiters and managers or players.
- An intense rhubarb developed which lasted 34 minutes.
late Middle English (denoting the rootstock of other plants of this genus used medicinally): from Old French reubarbe, from a shortening of medieval Latin rheubarbarum, alteration (by association with rheum 'rhubarb') of rhabarbarum 'foreign rhubarb', from Greek rha (also meaning 'rhubarb') + barbaros 'foreign'.
More definitions of rhubarbDefinition of rhubarb in:
- The US English dictionary