Definition of decurrent in English:


Line breaks: de|cur¦rent
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkʌr(ə)nt


  • 1(Of a fungus gill, leaf, etc.) extending down the stem below the point of attachment.
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    • Typically, these plants consist of axes clothed in short, curved, decurrent leaves up to 1 cm in length and 0.5 cm wide.
    • The leaves are strongly decurrent and apparently did not become detached readily.
    • They have ‘decurrent’ gills, i.e. they are joined to and run some way down the stem.
  • 1.1(Of a shrub or the crown of a tree) having several roughly equal branches.


mid 18th century: from Latin decurrent- 'running down', from the verb decurrere.

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