ruderal

adjective
ru·​der·​al | \ ˈrü-də-rəl How to pronounce ruderal (audio) \

Definition of ruderal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: growing where the natural vegetational cover has been disturbed by humans ruderal weeds of old fields and roadsides

ruderal

noun

Definition of ruderal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of ruderal

Adjective

1835, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruderal

Adjective

New Latin ruderalis, from Latin ruder-, rudus rubble

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“Ruderal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruderal. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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