[ ih-mur-juh nt ]
/ ɪˈmɜr dʒənt /



Ecology. an aquatic plant having its stem, leaves, etc., extending above the surface of the water.

Nearby words

  1. emergency brake,
  2. emergency medical technician,
  3. emergency medicine,
  4. emergency room,
  5. emergency theory,
  6. emergent evolution,
  7. emergent norm,
  8. emergicenter,
  9. emerging,
  10. emerging market

Origin of emergent

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin ēmergent- (stem ofēmergēns) arising out of, present participle of ēmergere to emerge

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British Dictionary definitions for emergent


/ (ɪˈmɜːdʒənt) /


coming into being or noticean emergent political structure
(of a nation) recently independent


an aquatic plant with stem and leaves above the water
Derived Formsemergently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for emergent



mid-15c., from Latin emergentem (nominative emergens), present participle of emergere (see emerge).

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Science definitions for emergent


[ ĭ-mûrjənt ]

Rooted below a body of water or in an area that is periodically submerged but extending above the water level. Used of aquatic plants such as cattails, rushes, or cord grass.
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