Definition of mangrove in US 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.

    Genera in several families, in particular Rhizophora and related genera (family Rhizophoraceae), and Avicennia (family Verbenaceae or Avicenniaceae)

    • ‘The swamps include sago palms, mangroves, and patches of tropical rain forest.’
    • ‘In mangroves this is accomplished with seed germination while still attached to the parent tree.’
    • ‘The mangrove is the sacred tree of her husband's clan.’
    • ‘Researchers have long known that fish often mature in the murky saltwater amid the tangled labyrinths of roots created by mangroves.’
    • ‘Just before sunset, flocks of the red birds gather to roost in the mangrove trees transforming green bush to a glowing red.’
    • ‘This green patch, spread over a few acres, is home to mangroves and huge trees.’
    • ‘It feeds on the seeds of a wide variety of trees, shrubs, grasses, mangroves and in rice plantations.’
    • ‘Expertise in using mangroves for medicinal purposes has been acquired over a long period of usage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hence, they did not care much for mangroves that grew along banks of water bodies and wetlands.’
    • ‘She leads me along a row of bamboo restaurants perched high above the mangroves.’
    • ‘A trimmed mangrove will grow thick and hardy just as other ‘hedges’ will if care is taken.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Hidden by trees and mangroves, you would hardly know it existed.’
    • ‘Just a wall separates it from Mangalavanam, forested with mangroves and tall trees, home to migratory birds which call at Kochi from afar.’
    • ‘We followed the canal into another wooded area, this one with swamp forest trees instead of mangroves.’
    1. 1.1 A tidal swamp that is dominated by mangroves and associated vegetation.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You snake your way through mangroves where trees stand tiptoe on their roots to avoid sucking up much brackish water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Barbuda has sandy beaches and a large lagoon and mangrove swamp on its western side.’
      • ‘Near the mangroves a shallow stream flows swiftly out to sea.’
      • ‘Rainforest tumbles down to mangroves at the water's edge.’
      • ‘Then the region was a vast coastal mangrove swamp, similar to the Florida Everglades.’
      • ‘Every spring, female lemon sharks return to give birth in the shallow waters of a lagoon edged by a mangrove swamp.’
      • ‘Coral reefs provide protection to coastal areas and protect delicate coastal wetlands and mangrove swamps from storms.’
      • ‘Naturalist Gloria Caminotti describes the mangroves in halting English, and points out some elusive lizards sunning themselves.’
      • ‘Two alligators were sitting at the side of the mangrove swamp near Nassau.’
      • ‘The sites varied in character from pristine rainforest to coastal mangroves and oil palm and rubber plantations.’
      • ‘Passing out of the mangrove swamp, we entered a deep marsh.’
      • ‘The water is too muddy for filming, and, worse, crocodiles lurk in the mangroves of Missionary Bay and the nearby Cardwell River.’
      • ‘Many people depend on mangrove swamps for wood for construction, craft materials, medicines and honey.’
      • ‘They marched until they were knee-deep in a mangrove swamp, then simply turned around.’
      • ‘The Ten Thousand Islands of southwest Florida have the highest concentration of mangroves in the state.’
      • ‘Offshore drilling, they argued, would damage coral reefs and mangrove swamps and threaten endangered sea life.’
      • ‘The mangrove swamps, tidal flats and sandy isles around the lake become their home for two full months.’


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