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.
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Origin of ground cover
First recorded in 1895–1900
Words nearby ground cover
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British Dictionary definitions for ground cover
- 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
- (as modifier)ground-cover plants
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