Definition of decumbent in English:


Line breaks: de|cum|bent
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkʌmb(ə)nt


  • (Of a plant) lying along the ground or along a surface, with the extremity curving upwards.
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    • 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.


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

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