Definition of procumbent in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈkəmbənt/


1(Of a plant or stem) growing along the ground without setting forth roots.
Example sentences
  • Finally, this work represents part of a long-term research effort in which mechanical architectures are being investigated in terms of the evolution of architectures of trees, shrubs, lianas and procumbent growth forms.
  • Species of Cylindropuntia and Opuntia cactus have a wide range of morphologies from tall, tree-like forms to procumbent forms.
  • One example is procumbent rosemary, used extensively as a ground cover and sheared several times a year.
1.1 archaic (Of a person) lying face down; prone; prostrate.


Mid 17th century: from Latin procumbent- 'falling forward', from the verb procumbere, from pro- 'forward, down' + a verb related to cubare 'to lie'.

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Syllabification: pro·cum·bent

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