American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Small plants other than saplings, such as mosses, ferns, grasses, and undershrubs, growing on a forest floor; undergrowth.
- n. 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.
- n. A plant used for such a growth.
“When the season turned, the surface softened, only a few inches where thick ground cover or dense soils or too much shade resisted the gentle warmth of summer, but the active layer thawed down several feet on sunny slopes of well - drained gravels with little vegetation.”
“Irritated, Flinx spoke without looking up from the green-and-blue ground cover that gave the floor of the lounge the look of a well-manicured meadow.”
“We suggested they put a tarplike ground cover over the area so the lead ash wouldn’t drift off the site.”
“However, horses were fussier eaters than mules, and nudged half-heartedly at this hard strappy ground cover — with the result that the cavalry’s horses had to be moved to the north of the citadel mountain in the midst of the plain, to a place where underground soaks had stimulated the growth of more tender grasses.”
“Traveling became more difficult when the evergreen forest changed to more open vegetation and the needle-covered forest floor gave way to obstructing brush, herbs, and grasses, the characteristic ground cover beneath small-leafed deciduous trees.”
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