Definition of red mangrove in US English:

red mangrove

noun

  • 1Any of several mangroves of the family Rhizophoraceae with reddish wood, especially Rhizophora mangle and (Australian) Bruguiera rheedii.

  • 2Australian a coastal tree, Heritiera littoralis (family Sterculiaceae) (rare).

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Dampier (1651–1715), buccaneer and explorer.