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Word of the Day 05/18/19 Rhubarb

Rhubarb (noun)
rhubarb [ roo-bahrb ]


noun
1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Rheum, of the buckwheat family, as R. officinale, having a medicinal rhizome, and R. rhabarbarum, having edible leafstalks.
2. the rhizome of any medicinal species of this plant, forming a combined cathartic and astringent.
3. the edible, fleshy leafstalks of R. rhabarbarum, used in making pies, preserves, etc.
4. Slang. a quarrel or squabble.

RELATED WORDS
discussion, argument, controversy, hassle, dispute, quarrel

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Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English rubarb, reubarb < Old French r(e)ubarbe < Medieval Latin reubarbarum < Greek rhéon bárbaron foreign rhubarb

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haldoor
May. 20th, 2019 08:09 am (UTC)
It's interesting they say the second meaning is a quarrel or squabble. When I was younger 'rhubarb' was another word for rubbish talk or bull***, rather than an actual argument!
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