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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pieplant, rhubarb(noun)

    long pinkish sour leafstalks usually eaten cooked and sweetened

  2. rhubarb, rhubarb plant(noun)

    plants having long green or reddish acidic leafstalks growing in basal clumps; stems (and only the stems) are edible when cooked; leaves are poisonous


  1. rhubarb(Noun)

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  2. rhubarb(Noun)

    Any plant of the genus Rheum, especially R. rharbarbarum, having large leaves and long green or reddish acidic leafstalks, that are edible, in particular when cooked (although the leaves are mildly poisonous).

  3. rhubarb(Noun)

    The dried rhizome and roots of R. palmatum or R. officinale, from China, used as a laxative and purgative.

  4. rhubarb(Noun)

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  5. rhubarb(Noun)

    A brawl.

  6. rhubarb(Noun)

    An RAF World War II code name for operations by aircraft (fighters and fighter bombers) seeking opportunity targets.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rhubarb(noun)

    the name of several large perennial herbs of the genus Rheum and order Polygonaceae

  2. Rhubarb(noun)

    the large and fleshy leafstalks of Rheum Rhaponticum and other species of the same genus. They are pleasantly acid, and are used in cookery. Called also pieplant

  3. Rhubarb(noun)

    the root of several species of Rheum, used much as a cathartic medicine

  4. Origin: [F. rhubarbe, OF. rubarbe, rheubarbe, reubarbare, reobarbe, LL. rheubarbarum for rheum barbarum, Gr. (and ) rhubarb, from the river Rha (the Volga) on whose banks it grew. Originally, therefore, it was the barbarian plant from the Rha. Cf. Barbarous, Rhaponticine.]


  1. Rhubarb

    Rhubarb is a species of plant in the family Polygonaceae. They are herbaceous perennials growing from short, thick rhizomes. They have large leaves that are somewhat triangular, with long fleshy petioles. They have small flowers grouped in large compound leafy greenish-white to rose-red inflorescences. In culinary use, fresh raw petioles are crisp with a strong, tart taste. Most commonly, the plant's leaf stalks are cooked with sugar and used in pies and other desserts. A number of varieties have been domesticated for human consumption, most of which are recognised as Rheum x hybridum by the Royal Horticultural Society. Rhubarb is usually considered to be a vegetable; however, in the United States, a New York court decided in 1947 that since it was used in the United States as a fruit, it was to be counted as a fruit for the purposes of regulations and duties. A side effect was a reduction on imported rhubarb tariffs, as tariffs were higher for vegetables than fruits. Rhubarb also contains glycosides especially rhein, glucorhein and emodin which impart cathartic and laxative activities to it. It is hence useful as a cathartic in case of constipation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rhubarb

    rōō′bärb, n. a plant, the tender acidulous leaf-stalks of which are much used in cooking, and the root in medicine: the root of any medicinal rhubarb, with cathartic properties.—adj. Rhu′barby.—Monk's rhubarb, the patience dock. [O. Fr. rheubarbe—Low L. rheubarbarum—Gr. rhēon barbaronrhēon, adj. of rha, the rha-plant, from the Rha, the Volga.]

Editors Contribution

  1. rhubarb

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    Rhubarb is a popular vegetable and is eaten and used as if it were a fruit e.g. rhubarb jam, rhubarb yoghurt and used in pies and desserts.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 30, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhubarb in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhubarb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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