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ground cover

the herbaceous plants and low shrubs in a forest, considered as a whole.
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.
Origin of ground cover
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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

  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
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