man grove


[mang-grohv, man-]
any tropical tree or shrub of the genus Rhizophora, the species of which are mostly low trees growing in marshes or tidal shores, noted for their interlacing above-ground adventitious roots.
any of various similar plants.

1605–15; alteration (by folk etymology) of earlier mangrow < Portuguese mangueTaino Unabridged
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mangrove (ˈmæŋɡrəʊv, ˈmæn-)
1.  a.  any tropical evergreen tree or shrub of the genus Rhizophora, having stiltlike intertwining aerial roots and growing below the highest tide levels in estuaries and along coasts, forming dense thickets: family Rhizophoraceae
 b.  (as modifier): mangrove swamp
2.  any of various similar trees or shrubs of the genus Avicennia: family Avicenniaceae
[C17 mangrow (changed through influence of grove), from Portuguese mangue, ultimately from Taino]

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from Sp. mangle, mangue (1530s), perhaps from Carib or Arawakan. Second syllable is from influence of grove. A Malay origin also has been proposed, but it is difficult to explain how it came to be used for an American plant.
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