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ˈmæŋ groʊv, ˈmæn-man·grove

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mangrove, Rhizophora manglenoun

    a tropical tree or shrub bearing fruit that germinates while still on the tree and having numerous prop roots that eventually form an impenetrable mass and are important in land building


  1. mangrovenoun

    Any of various tropical evergreen trees or shrubs that grow in shallow coastal water.

  2. mangrovenoun

    A habitat with such plants; mangrove forest; mangrove swamp.

  3. mangrovenoun

    Plants of the Rhizophoraceae family. Trees of the genus Rhizophora.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mangrovenoun

    the name of one or two trees of the genus Rhizophora (R. Mangle, and R. mucronata, the last doubtfully distinct) inhabiting muddy shores of tropical regions, where they spread by emitting aerial roots, which fasten in the saline mire and eventually become new stems. The seeds also send down a strong root while yet attached to the parent plant

    Etymology: [Malay manggi-manggi.]

  2. Mangrovenoun

    the mango fish

    Etymology: [Malay manggi-manggi.]


  1. Mangrove

    Mangroves are various types of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtropics – mainly between latitudes 25° N and 25° S. The remaining mangrove forest areas of the world in 2000 was 53,190 square miles spanning 118 countries and territories. The word is used in at least three senses: most broadly to refer to the habitat and entire plant assemblage or mangal, for which the terms mangrove forest biome, mangrove swamp and mangrove forest are also used, to refer to all trees and large shrubs in the mangrove swamp, and narrowly to refer to the mangrove family of plants, the Rhizophoraceae, or even more specifically just to mangrove trees of the genus Rhizophora. The term "mangrove" comes to English from Spanish, and is of Caribbean origin, likely Taíno. It was earlier "mangrow", but this was corrupted via folk etymology influence of "grove". The mangrove biome, or mangal, is a distinct saline woodland or shrubland habitat characterized by depositional coastal environments, where fine sediments collect in areas protected from high-energy wave action. Mangroves dominate three-quarters of tropical coastlines. The saline conditions tolerated by various mangrove species range from brackish water, through pure seawater, to water concentrated by evaporation to over twice the salinity of ocean seawater.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mangrove

    man′grōv, n. a tree which grows on muddy shores and river-banks in the East and West Indies. [Malayan.]

Editors Contribution

  1. mangrove

    A type of cultivar, plant, seed, shrub and tree created and cultivated in various species.

    Mangroves are grown in various countries around the world and are used as a tall hedge for island communities.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 25, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mangrove in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mangrove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of mangrove in a Sentence

  1. Shyla Raghav:

    Shrimp farming is the largest driver of mangrove deforestation.

  2. Steve Winter:

    Transportation (through the mangrove) is via beautiful, silent mahogany electric boats, so you don't disturb the wildlife.

  3. Steve Winter:

    The winning aspect of photographing birds at Mayakoba is the world-class mangrove forest within the resort, which houses more than 200 species of wildlife.

  4. Dhammika Wijayasinghe:

    Sri Lanka is showing the world that it is possible to conserve mangrove forests while also improving the lives of local people, restoring wildlife habitats, and helping to ameliorate climate change.

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