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1A person who grows rhubarb.
2Slang (originally Theatre). Originally: an actor who repeats the word ‘rhubarb’ so as to represent an indistinct conversation or the noise of a crowd. Now also (more generally): a person who mumbles or speaks indistinctly.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Munsey's Magazine. From rhubarb + -er.
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