Definition of decumbent in English:

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decumbent

Pronunciation: /dəˈkəmbənt/

adjective

Botany
(Of a plant or part of a plant) lying along the ground or along a surface, with the extremity curving upward.
Example sentences
  • P. myriophylla is a woody subshrub that forms patches of prostrate or decumbent stems often rooting at the nodes.
  • They grow upward from the basal branehes and only become decumbent after they have grown a few centimeters.
  • The occurrence of trees with decumbent stem form was also noted and leaning of the stem from a vertical posture was visually assessed.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin decumbent- 'lying down', from the verb decumbere, based on de- 'down' + a verb related to cubare 'to lie'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: de·cum·bent

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