follow Dictionary.com

It’s about time. We are now on Instagram!

ground cover

noun
1.
the herbaceous plants and low shrubs in a forest, considered as a whole.
2.
any of a variety of low-growing or trailing plants used to cover the ground in areas where grass is difficult to grow, as in dense shade or on steep slopes.
Also, groundcover.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ground cover
  • If you're camping in a tent, remember to bring a sleeping bag, ground cover and flashlight.
  • With the protective ground cover gone, small creatures from frogs to songbirds disappear.
  • It is surrounded by ground cover and slopes slightly so water drains off.
  • Shrub and ground cover roses need only shaping or light shearing.
  • The yellow flowered ground cover is a sedum of some sort.
  • The hatchlings all come out at once, hurrying toward the ground cover.
  • Today, the mossy rain-fed ground cover glows chartreuse in the low light.
  • As a result, the canyon's ground cover was destroyed.
  • Plenty of ground cover makes this perfect devil country, home to a daily smorgasbord of wallabies and other treats.
  • The single best ground cover for northwest gardens, salal is a do it all plant.
British Dictionary definitions for ground cover

ground cover

noun
1.
  1. dense low herbaceous plants and shrubs that grow over the surface of the ground, esp, in a forest, preventing soil erosion or, in a garden, stifling weeds
  2. (as modifier): ground-cover plants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ground cover

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ground

8
11
Scrabble Words With Friends