One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Forming mats or growing in dense tufts or clumps.
- ‘For cespitose species, an individual was defined as all identifiable aboveground vegetation generated from the same rootstock (genet), generally determined by inspection of the plant at soil level.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin caespitosus, from caespes ‘turf’: see -ose.
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