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mangrove

[mang-grohv, man-] /ˈmæŋ groʊv, ˈmæn-/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any of various similar plants.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; alteration (by folk etymology) of earlier mangrow < Portuguese mangueTaino
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British Dictionary definitions for man-grove

mangrove

/ˈmæŋɡrəʊv; ˈmæn-/
noun
1.
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): mangrove swamp
2.
any of various similar trees or shrubs of the genus Avicennia: family Avicenniaceae
Word Origin
C17 mangrow (changed through influence of grove), from Portuguese mangue, ultimately from Taino
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Word Origin and History for man-grove

mangrove

n.

1610s, mangrow, probably from Spanish mangle, mangue (1530s), which is perhaps from Carib or Arawakan. Modern spelling in English (1690s) 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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