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Not native to and not fully established in a new habitat or environment; locally or temporarily naturalized: an adventive weed.
An adventive organism.

[From Latin adventus, arrival; see advent.]

ad·ven′tive·ly adv.
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(ədˈvɛntɪv) biology
(Biology) (of a species) introduced to a new area and not yet established there; exotic
(Biology) such a plant or animal
Abbreviation: casual
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(ædˈvɛn tɪv)
1. not native and usu. not yet well established, as exotic plants or animals.
2. an adventive plant or animal.
ad•ven′tive•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.adventive - not native and not fully establishedadventive - not native and not fully established; locally or temporarily naturalized; "an adventive weed"
foreign, strange - relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world; "foreign nations"; "a foreign accent"; "on business in a foreign city"
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