aufwuchs

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Aufwuchs (surface growth, overgrowth).

NounEdit

aufwuchs (countable and uncountable, plural aufwuchs)

  1. The small animals and plants that encrust hard substrates, such as rocks, in aquatic environments.

Usage notesEdit

  • Aufwuchs may be used with plural verbs ("the aufwuchs are...") or singular verbs ("the aufwuchs is..."). Rarely, aufwuch is used as a singular form, denoting a single small animal or plant that forms part of the aufwuchs.