ground cover

or ground·cov·er

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noun
  1. the herbaceous plants and low shrubs in a forest, considered as a whole.
  2. 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
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Related Words for ground cover

covert, earth, turf

Examples from the Web for ground cover

Historical Examples of 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

noun
    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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