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mangrove Syllabification: man·grove
Pronunciation: /ˈmaNGɡrōv/

Definition of mangrove in English:


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)
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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