Definition of resupinate in English:

resupinate

Line breaks: re|su¦pin|ate
Pronunciation: /rɪˈsuːpɪneɪt
 
, -ˈsjuː-/

adjective

Botany
  • (Of a leaf, flower, fruiting body, etc.) upside down.
    More example sentences
    • The flowers are resupinate, protandrous and last for 2 days.
    • It should be noted that typical K. kulumbensis has a Strophomena-lype resupinate shell (the ventral valve being largely concave) bearing sharp, divaricate costae.
    • Santanghuia has resupinate shells, a semicircular outline, a catacline ventral interarea and the delicate ornament of Chonostrophiella, however, the internal dorsal anderidium arrangement of Santanghuia is highly distinctive.

Derivatives

resupination

noun
More example sentences
  • All branches of this family have species with resupinate flowers, so resupination was almost certainly present from the beginning in this family, in order to create the unique orchid arrangement of floral parts.
  • All branches of this family have species with resupinate flowers, so resupination was almost certainly present from the beginning in this family, in order to create the unique orchid arrangement of floral parts.
  • Thinking about it a little more, I realized that galeate columneas, for instance, must practice resupination too; otherwise flowers from hanging stems would be upside down.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin resupinatus 'bent back', past participle of resupinare, based on supinus 'lying on the back'.

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