- not native and usually not yet well established, as exotic plants or animals.
- an adventive plant or animal.
Origin of adventive
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Examples from the Web for adventive
England (Bunting, 1955): Adventive, on bananas from Dominica.
Capucinella delicatula, California (Caudell, 1931): Adventive.
Euphyllodromia angustata, Sweden (Princis, 1947): Adventive.
Nauphoeta flexivitta, Denmark (Vestergaard, 1958): Adventive.
Neoblattella fratercula, Nebraska (Hebard, 1916b): Adventive.
- (of a species) introduced to a new area and not yet established there; exotic
- such a plant or animal
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- Not native to and not fully established in a new habitat or environment. An adventive plant may be locally or temporarily naturalized without finding conditions that allow it to spread more widely.
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