[ ih-mur-juhnt ]
/ ɪˈmɜr dʒənt /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM emergent
e·mer·gent·ly, adverbe·mer·gent·ness, nounnon·e·mer·gent, adjectivere·e·mer·gent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for emergent
/ (ɪˈmɜːdʒənt) /
coming into being or noticean emergent political structure
(of a nation) recently independent
an aquatic plant with stem and leaves above the water
Derived forms of emergentemergently, adverb
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Scientific definitions for emergent
[ ĭ-mûr′jənt ]
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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