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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Definitions for adventive

  1. Not native and usually not yet well established, as exotic plants or animals.
  2. A not native and usually not yet well established plant or animal.

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Citations for adventive
I'm sure it's hard to be adventive, temporarily naturalized, that is. Gish Jen, World and Town
Carrion beetles usually avoid competition with blowflies by visiting the carcasses at a later, dried stage of decomposition. Next come the omnivores, such as wasps and ants, and finally there are the adventive insects, like spiders. David Shobin, The Provider
Origin of adventive
Adventive, like adventure, is derived from the Latin word adventus meaning “an advance.” The suffix -ive denotes a noun that comes from an adjective, like detective or active.