ruderal

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adjective

ru·​der·​al ˈrü-də-rəl How to pronounce ruderal (audio)
: growing where the natural vegetational cover has been disturbed by humans
ruderal weeds of old fields and roadsides

ruderal

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noun

: a weedy and commonly introduced plant growing where the vegetational cover has been interrupted

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

New Latin ruderalis, from Latin ruder-, rudus rubble

First Known Use

Adjective

1835, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruderal was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Ruderal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruderal. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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