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ground cover

or groundcover

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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  • He began to question Holden hopefully about the ground-cover outside.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • There were even trees of severely practical design, and underbrush and ground-cover equivalent to grass.

    This World Is Taboo Murray Leinster
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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