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accumbent

Syllabification: ac·cum·bent
Pronunciation: /əˈkəmbənt
 
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Definition of accumbent in English:

adjective

Botany
(Of a cotyledon) lying edgewise against the folded radicle in the seed.
Example sentences
  • Although the cotyledons were correctly illustrated as incumbent, they were described as accumbent.
  • However, Chrysobraya differs from Lepidostemon in having cotyledons incumbent instead of accumbent and staminal filaments toothless and wingless instead of winged and toothed.
  • Cotyledon arrangement (for examples see full document) is incumbent and sometimes oblique or accumbent and sometimes oblique.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin accumbent- 'reclining', from accumbere, from ad- 'to' + a verb related to cubare 'to lie'.

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