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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coming into being or noticean emergent political structure
(of a nation) recently independent
an aquatic plant with stem and leaves above the water
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mid-15c., from Latin emergentem (nominative emergens), present participle of emergere (see emerge).
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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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