ground cover


: the small plants on a forest floor except young trees
: a planting of low plants (such as ivy) that covers the ground in place of turf
: a plant adapted for use as ground cover

Examples of ground cover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hearty woody herbs, such as oregano and thyme, and beneficial heat-tolerant blooms, such as marigold and zinnias, also create a living ground cover that will help retain soil moisture between waterings. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 10 July 2024 Grass is often hard to establish under trees due to shade and roots; select another ground cover. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 29 June 2024 By contrast, wild blueberries are not planted but grow naturally as a ground cover from North Carolina to Canada. Kate Olson, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2024 This ground cover does need pruning to keep it in bounds and off the trunk of the trees. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 15 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for ground cover 

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ground cover was in 1900

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“Ground cover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ground cover

: low-growing plants that cover the ground (as in a forest or in place of grass or a lawn)
also : a plant used as ground cover

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