[ roo-der-uhl ]
/ ˈru dər əl /
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(of a plant) growing in waste places, along roadsides or in rubbish.
a ruderal plant.
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Origin of ruderal
1855–60; <New Latin rūderālis, equivalent to Latin rūder- (stem of rūdus broken stone, rubble) + -ālis-al1
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British Dictionary definitions for ruderal
/ (ˈruːdərəl) /
a plant that grows on waste ground
growing in waste places
Word Origin for ruderal
C19: from New Latin rūderālis, from Latin rūdus rubble
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