Definition of Rhubarb

1. Noun. Long pinkish sour leafstalks usually eaten cooked and sweetened.

Exact synonyms: Pieplant
Generic synonyms: Veg, Vegetable, Veggie

2. Noun. Plants having long green or reddish acidic leafstalks growing in basal clumps; stems (and only the stems) are edible when cooked; leaves are poisonous.

Definition of Rhubarb

1. n. The name of several large perennial herbs of the genus Rheum and order Polygonaceæ.

Definition of Rhubarb

1. Noun. Any plant of the genus ''Rheum'', especially ''R. rharbarbarum'', having large leaves and long green or reddish acidic leafstalks, that are edible, in particular when cooked (although the leaves are mildly poisonous). ¹

2. Noun. The dried rhizome and roots of ''R. palmatum'' or ''R. officinale'', from China, used as a laxative and purgative. ¹

3. Noun. A word repeated softly to emulate background conversation. (''see rhubarb rhubarb''). ¹

4. Noun. An excited, angry exchange of words, especially at a sporting event. ¹

5. Noun. (baseball) A brawl. ¹

6. Noun. (military) An RAF World War II code name for operations by aircraft (fighters and fighter bombers) seeking opportunity targets. ¹

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Definition of Rhubarb

1. a perennial herb [n -S]

Medical Definition of Rhubarb

1. 1. The name of several large perennial herbs of the genus Rheum and order Polygonaceae. 2. The large and fleshy leafstalks of Rheum Rhaponticum and other species of the same genus. They are pleasantly acid, and are used in cookery. Called also pieplant. 3. The root of several species of Rheum, used much as a cathartic medicine. Monk's rhubarb. Origin: F. Rhubarbe, OF. Rubarbe, rheubarbe, reubarbare, reobarbe, LL. Rheubarbarum for rheum barbarum, Gr. (and) rhubarb, from the river Rha (the Volga) on whose banks it grew. Originally, therefore, it was the barbarian plant from the Rha. Cf. Barbarous, Rhaponticine. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Rhubarb

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1. Pharmaceutical Journal by Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1868)
"ON THE KINDS OP rhubarb AT PRESENT IN RUSSIAN COMMERCE. ВТ ADOLPH FEBO, OF MOSCOW. The supply of rhubarb is at present a most important question to the ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1870)
"I do not know why it is, but we get a good deal of Austrian rhubarb that will come very near to the old-fashioned Turkey rhubarb. I always recommend China ..."

3. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1840)
"WINE FROM rhubarb. It is stated in the London Journal of Commerce, that William Stone, of Bradford, Wiltshire, has obtained a patent for the manufacture of ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"rhubarb is a'.so useful in the weaning of infants, since it is partly excreted in ... rhubarb. This name is applied both to a drug and to a vegetable. x. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"They seem to have finally succumbed to the Goths. rhubarb. ... In the i4th century rhubarb appears to have found its way to Europe by way of the Indus and ..."

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