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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mangrove \Man"grove\, noun [Malay manggi-manggi.]

1. (Bot.) The name of one or two trees of the genus {Rhizophora} ({Rhizophora Mangle}, and {Rhizophora mucronata}, the last doubtfully distinct) inhabiting muddy shores of tropical regions, where they spread by emitting aerial roots, which fasten in the saline mire and eventually become new stems. The seeds also send down a strong root while yet attached to the parent plant.

Note: The fruit has a ruddy brown shell, and a delicate white pulp which is sweet and eatable. The bark is astringent, and is used for tanning leather. The black and the white mangrove ({Avicennia nitida} and {Avicennia tomentosa}) have much the same habit.

2. (Zool.) The mango fish.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

mangrove

noun

1: a tropical tree or shrub bearing fruit that germinates while still on the tree and having numerous prop roots that eventually form an impenetrable mass and are important in land building [syn: {mangrove}, {Rhizophora mangle}]


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