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ruderal

[ roo-der-uhl ]
/ ˈru dər əl /
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adjective

(of a plant) growing in waste places, along roadsides or in rubbish.

noun

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

ruderal
/ (ˈruːdərəl) /

noun

a plant that grows on waste ground

adjective

growing in waste places

Word Origin for ruderal

C19: from New Latin rūderālis, from Latin rūdus rubble
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