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Growing unpredictably out from its main taproot and elsewhere, this plant has bushy adventitious roots.


From Latin adventīcius (foreign), from adveniō (arrive).


  • IPA(key): /ˌæd.vənˈtɪʃ.əs/, /ˌæd.vɛnˈtɪʃ.əs/
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adventitious (comparative more adventitious, superlative most adventitious)

  1. From an external source; not innate or inherent, foreign.
    Synonyms: extrinsic, exogenous
  2. Accidental, additional, appearing casually.
    Synonyms: accidental, spontaneous, sporadic; see also Thesaurus:accidental
    • 1895, Alfred C. Haddon, Evolution in Art, pages 101–102:
      The discovery of the art of making pottery was probably in all cases adventitious, the clay being first used for some other purpose.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 30:
      The adventitious disappearance of those nearer the throne than the duke had, moreover, set tongues awagging.
  3. (genetics, medicine) Not congenital; acquired.
    Synonym: acquired
  4. (biology) Developing in an unusual place or from an unusual source.
    Coordinate term: ectopic
    • 1985, R. M. T. Dahlgren, H. T. Clifford, P. F. Yeo, The Families of the Monocotyledons, page 101:
      The Velloziaceae have evolved a woody stem which is covered with a layer of adventitious roots mingled with the fibres of the old leaf sheaths;

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