Definition of mangrove in English:



  • 1A tree or shrub that grows in chiefly tropical coastal swamps that are flooded at high tide. Mangroves typically have numerous tangled roots above ground and form dense thickets.

    • ‘This green patch, spread over a few acres, is home to mangroves and huge trees.’
    • ‘Likewise mangroves grow well despite transient flooding of their root system with sea water.’
    • ‘If not the mangrove, what other tree species could be used, and in what conditions?’
    • ‘Just before sunset, flocks of the red birds gather to roost in the mangrove trees transforming green bush to a glowing red.’
    • ‘In mangroves this is accomplished with seed germination while still attached to the parent tree.’
    • ‘Hidden by trees and mangroves, you would hardly know it existed.’
    • ‘These data suggest that the mangrove trees in the two studied forests probably do not grow much older than 100 years.’
    • ‘Unlike mangroves, trees and other vegetation in the scrub sites dropped most of their leaves during the dry season in spring, and standing water was never present on these sites.’
    • ‘Researchers have long known that fish often mature in the murky saltwater amid the tangled labyrinths of roots created by mangroves.’
    • ‘It feeds on the seeds of a wide variety of trees, shrubs, grasses, mangroves and in rice plantations.’
    • ‘We followed the canal into another wooded area, this one with swamp forest trees instead of mangroves.’
    • ‘Hence, they did not care much for mangroves that grew along banks of water bodies and wetlands.’
    • ‘Expertise in using mangroves for medicinal purposes has been acquired over a long period of usage.’
    • ‘She leads me along a row of bamboo restaurants perched high above the mangroves.’
    • ‘The mangrove is the sacred tree of her husband's clan.’
    • ‘The mangroves' waterlogged roots decayed into peat, and the peat's acidity and lack of oxygen kept the wood from rotting.’
    • ‘‘It is here that fishes come to lay eggs,’ Appus explained, pointing to the intertwined roots of mangroves.’
    • ‘A trimmed mangrove will grow thick and hardy just as other ‘hedges’ will if care is taken.’
    • ‘The swamps include sago palms, mangroves, and patches of tropical rain forest.’
    • ‘Just a wall separates it from Mangalavanam, forested with mangroves and tall trees, home to migratory birds which call at Kochi from afar.’
    1. 1.1 A tidal swamp that is dominated by mangroves and associated vegetation.
      • ‘Passing out of the mangrove swamp, we entered a deep marsh.’
      • ‘Coral reefs provide protection to coastal areas and protect delicate coastal wetlands and mangrove swamps from storms.’
      • ‘Barbuda has sandy beaches and a large lagoon and mangrove swamp on its western side.’
      • ‘Offshore drilling, they argued, would damage coral reefs and mangrove swamps and threaten endangered sea life.’
      • ‘Then the region was a vast coastal mangrove swamp, similar to the Florida Everglades.’
      • ‘Near the mangroves a shallow stream flows swiftly out to sea.’
      • ‘Naturalist Gloria Caminotti describes the mangroves in halting English, and points out some elusive lizards sunning themselves.’
      • ‘The country will also replant and restore mangrove swamps to act as natural shields against strong waves.’
      • ‘The three men raised both arms as they walked ashore and into a mangrove swamp.’
      • ‘The water is too muddy for filming, and, worse, crocodiles lurk in the mangroves of Missionary Bay and the nearby Cardwell River.’
      • ‘Two alligators were sitting at the side of the mangrove swamp near Nassau.’
      • ‘Punta Cana also has a number of unique natural features like freshwater lagoons and coastal mangroves that make it a delight both for visitors and environmentalists.’
      • ‘Every spring, female lemon sharks return to give birth in the shallow waters of a lagoon edged by a mangrove swamp.’
      • ‘Rainforest tumbles down to mangroves at the water's edge.’
      • ‘They marched until they were knee-deep in a mangrove swamp, then simply turned around.’
      • ‘The sites varied in character from pristine rainforest to coastal mangroves and oil palm and rubber plantations.’
      • ‘The mangrove swamps, tidal flats and sandy isles around the lake become their home for two full months.’
      • ‘The Ten Thousand Islands of southwest Florida have the highest concentration of mangroves in the state.’
      • ‘You snake your way through mangroves where trees stand tiptoe on their roots to avoid sucking up much brackish water.’
      • ‘Many people depend on mangrove swamps for wood for construction, craft materials, medicines and honey.’


Early 17th century: probably from Portuguese mangue, Spanish mangle, from Taino. The change in the ending was due to association with grove.