ground cover

or ground·cov·er


the herbaceous plants and low shrubs in a forest, considered as a whole.
any of a variety of low-growing or trailing plants used to cover the ground in areas where grass is difficult to grow, as in dense shade or on steep slopes.

Origin of ground cover

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ground cover

  • He began to question Holden hopefully about the ground-cover outside.

    Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • There were even trees of severely practical design, and underbrush and ground-cover equivalent to grass.

    This World Is Taboo|Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for ground cover

ground cover


  1. dense low herbaceous plants and shrubs that grow over the surface of the ground, esp, in a forest, preventing soil erosion or, in a garden, stifling weeds
  2. (as modifier)ground-cover plants
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