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ruderal

[roo-der-uh l] /ˈru dər əl/
adjective
1.
(of a plant) growing in waste places, along roadsides or in rubbish.
noun
2.
a ruderal plant.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Neo-Latin rūderālis, equivalent to Latin rūder- (stem of rūdus broken stone, rubble) + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the web for ruderal
  • These ruderal areas exhibit varying degrees of past surface disturbance.
  • ruderal vegetation is defined as vegetation that survives on disturbed habitat.
  • ruderal species are non-native, hardy, and able to grow in highly disturbed areas.
  • The site is mostly bare except for some small ruderal trees and brush.
  • It grows in ruderal places, as well as dry pastures and disturbed fields.
British Dictionary definitions for ruderal

ruderal

/ˈruːdərəl/
noun
1.
a plant that grows on waste ground
adjective
2.
growing in waste places
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin rūderālis, from Latin rūdus rubble
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