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