1A tree or shrub that grows in chiefly tropical coastal swamps that are flooded at high tide. Mangroves typically have numerous tangled roots above ground and form dense thickets.
- Genera in several families, in particular Rhizophora and related genera (family Rhizophoraceae), and Avicennia (family Verbenaceae or Avicenniaceae).
- 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 that is dominated by mangroves and associated vegetation.
- 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.
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