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1the thick leaf stalks of a cultivated plant of the dock family, which are reddish or green and eaten as a fruit after cooking. 2the large-leaved Eurasian plant that produces rhubarb.
- Rheum rhaponticum (or rhabarbarum), family Polygonaceae
used in names of other plants of the sane genus as rhubarb, several of which are used medicinally, e.g., Chinese rhubarb. 3 informal
, chiefly British the noise made by a group of actors to give the impression of indistinct background conversation or to represent the noise of a crowd, especially by the random repetition of the word “rhubarb” with different intonations.
North American informal a heated dispute:rhubarbs often broke out among these less than professional players
The beginning of rhubarb
is spelled rhu-