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emergent

[ ih-mur-juhnt ]
/ ɪˈmɜr dʒənt /
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adjective

noun

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

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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

emergent
/ (ɪˈmɜːdʒənt) /

adjective

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

noun

an aquatic plant with stem and leaves above the water

Derived forms of emergent

emergently, adverb
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Scientific definitions for emergent

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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