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ruderal

[roo-der-uh l]Botany
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adjective
  1. (of a plant) growing in waste places, along roadsides or in rubbish.
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noun
  1. a ruderal plant.
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Origin of ruderal

1855–60; < New Latin rūderālis, equivalent to Latin rūder- (stem of rūdus broken stone, rubble) + -ālis -al1
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  • Infrequent in the shrub stratum of the dry, ruderal grassland habitat.

    The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches

    Louis M. Roth


British Dictionary definitions for ruderal

ruderal

noun
  1. a plant that grows on waste ground
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adjective
  1. growing in waste places
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin rūderālis, from Latin rūdus rubble
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