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A genus of tropical mangrove trees with prop roots arising from the stem and branches (family Rhizophoraceae); (also rhizophora) a mangrove of this genus, especially the red mangrove, R. mangle.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Chambers's Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Rhizophora, genus name (Linnaeus Genera plantarum 137) from post-classical Latin rhizo- + classical Latin -phora.
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