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procumbent

Line breaks: pro|cum¦bent
Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈkʌmb(ə)nt
 
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Definition of procumbent in English:

adjective

Botany
(Of a plant or stem) growing along the ground without throwing out roots: some forms have long procumbent branches
More 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.

Origin

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

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