One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Submerged or flooded; especially designating a stretch of coastal land submerged as a result of a relative rise in sea level; of or relating to such land.
2Ecology. Of a plant: growing entirely under water; = "submerged".
Ecology. A submergent water plant.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Moor (1771–1848), writer on Hindu mythology. From submerge + -ent, after emergent. With use as noun compare earlier emergent [noun].
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