adjective Botany (of a plant stem) lying along the ground, with the extremity upturned.
C18: from L. decumbent-, decumbere 'lie down'.

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  • decumbent — decumbént adj. m., pl. decumbénţi; f. sg. decumbéntă, pl. decumbénte Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  DECUMBÉNT, Ă adj. (bot.; despre tulpinile târâtoare) Care are un vârf ascenden …   Dicționar Român

  • Decumbent — De*cum bent, a. [L. decumbens, entis, p. pr. of decumbere; de + cumbere (only in comp.), cubare to lie down.] 1. Lying down; prostrate; recumbent. [1913 Webster] The decumbent portraiture of a woman. Ashmole. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Reclining on …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decumbent — [dē kum′bənt] adj. [L decumbens, prp. of decumbere, to lie down < de , down + cumbere < cubare, to recline, lie down: see CUBE1] 1. lying down 2. Bot. trailing on the ground and rising at the tip, as some stems decumbency [di kum′bən sē] n …   English World dictionary

  • decumbent — de•cum•bent [[t]dɪˈkʌm bənt[/t]] adj. 1) bot lying on the ground with the extremity tending to rise: decumbent stems[/ex] 2) recumbent • Etymology: 1635–45; < L dēcumbent , s. of dēcumbēns, prp. of dēcumbere=dē de + cumbere; see recumbent… …   From formal English to slang

  • decumbent — adjective Etymology: Latin decumbent , decumbens, present participle of decumbere to lie down, from de + cumbere to lie down; akin to Latin cubare to lie Date: 1656 1. lying down 2. of a plant reclining on the ground but with ascending apex or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decumbent — decumbence, decumbency, n. decumbently, adv. /di kum beuhnt/, adj. 1. lying down; recumbent. 2. Bot. (of stems, branches, etc.) lying or trailing on the ground with the extremity tending to ascend. [1635 45; < L decumbent (s. of decumbens), prp.… …   Universalium

  • decumbent — adj. Bot. & Zool. (of a plant, shoot, or bristles) lying along the ground or a surface. Etymology: L decumbere decumbent lie down …   Useful english dictionary

  • decumbent — bent downwards …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • decumbent — adj. [L. decumbere, to lie down] Bending downward; upright at the base and bending down at the tip …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • decumbent — adjective Of a plant, which lies on the ground with tips turned upwards …   Wiktionary

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