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ground cover

also ground·cov·er (ground′kŭv′ər)
n.
1. Small plants other than saplings, such as mosses, ferns, grasses, and low shrubs, growing on a forest floor.
2.
a. A low-growing dense growth of plants, such as pachysandra or crown vetch, planted for ornamental purposes or to prevent soil erosion in areas where turf is difficult to grow, as in deep shade or on a steep slope.
b. A plant used for such a growth.
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ground cover

n
(Botany)
a. dense low herbaceous plants and shrubs that grow over the surface of the ground, esp, in a forest, preventing soil erosion or, in a garden, stifling weeds
b. (as modifier): ground-cover plants.
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ground′ cov`er


n.
1. the herbaceous plants and low shrubs in a forest, considered as a whole.
2. any of various low-growing plants and trailing vines used for covering the ground, esp. where grass is difficult to grow.
[1895–1900]
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ground cover

Low-growing plants that are grown to smother the ground and suppress weeds.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground cover - low-growing plants planted in deep shade or on a steep slope where turf is difficult to growground cover - low-growing plants planted in deep shade or on a steep slope where turf is difficult to grow
botany, flora, vegetation - all the plant life in a particular region or period; "Pleistocene vegetation"; "the flora of southern California"; "the botany of China"
Hernaria glabra, rupturewort - common prostrate Old World herb often used as a ground cover; formerly reputed to cure ruptures
whitlowwort - any of various low-growing tufted plants of the genus Paronychia having tiny greenish flowers and usually whorled leaves; widespread throughout warm regions of both Old and New Worlds; formerly thought to cure whitlows (suppurative infections around a fingernail)
pearlweed, pearl-weed, pearlwort - any of various low-growing plants of the genus Sagina having small spherical flowers resembling pearls
baby tears, baby's tears, Helxine soleirolia, Soleirolia soleirolii - prostrate or creeping Corsican herb with moss-like small round short-stemmed leaves
2.ground cover - small plants other than saplings growing on a forest floor
underbrush, undergrowth, underwood - the brush (small trees and bushes and ferns etc.) growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
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Our road lay through a wood, where we found the ground covered over with young locusts, a plague intolerably afflictive in a country so barren of itself.
The ground covered with snow, and the atmosphere in that unsettled state between frost and thaw, which is of all others the most unfriendly for exercise, every morning beginning in rain or snow, and every evening setting in to freeze, she was for many days a most honourable prisoner.
In winter, when everything is dead and the ground covered with snow, she must come and live with me in my palace underground.' The Prince consented to this, and led his beautiful bride home, where the wedding was held with great pomp and magnificence.
He caught changing views of the ground covered with men who were all running like pursued imps, and yelling.
But how different she looked from what she was when I had last seen her, for she was lying stretched on the ground covered with blood, and weeping bitterly.
There was nothing but rough, broken ground covered densely with weeds and brambles, and tall, rank, grass.
From a little hill called Hutchinson's Hill, you could look over three and a half miles of ground covered with fighting seals; and the surf was dotted all over with the heads of seals hurrying to land and begin their share of the fighting.
"And no ground covered, and it's too cold to travel."
"After the army had crossed the river Teleboas in Armenia, there fell much snow, and the troops lay miserably on the ground covered with it.
Ground cover plants are unfortunate in that they have become synonymous with traffic roundabouts and other open spaces where local councils want a minimum of maintenance.
BERGENIAS are large-leaved perennials which make ideal ground cover in the herbaceous border or in the woodland garden, thriving under shrubs and trees and spreading rapidly when conditions are right.
Basic horticultural knowledge states that a uniform ground cover stabilizes soil temperature and moisture levels.

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