[ih-mur-juh nt]



Ecology. an aquatic plant having its stem, leaves, etc., extending above the surface of the water.

Origin of emergent

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin ēmergent- (stem ofēmergēns) arising out of, present participle of ēmergere to emerge
Related formse·mer·gent·ly, adverbe·mer·gent·ness, nounnon·e·mer·gent, adjectivere·e·mer·gent, adjectiveun·e·mer·gent, adjective
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Historical Examples of re-emergent

  • The west shut its eyes tight and threw money at the bad spirits of irredentism and re-emergent communism.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for re-emergent



coming into being or noticean emergent political structure
(of a nation) recently independent


an aquatic plant with stem and leaves above the water
Derived Formsemergently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for re-emergent



mid-15c., from Latin emergentem (nominative emergens), present participle of emergere (see emerge).

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re-emergent in Science



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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