ac·​cum·​bent | \ əˈkəmbənt, (ˈ)a¦k- \

Definition of accumbent

1 : leaning or reclining especially at meals the Roman accumbent posture in eating
2 botany : lying against something used chiefly of cotyledons having their edges folded against the hypocotyl (as in many crucifers) — compare conduplicate, incumbent
3 zoology : closely applied to a surface (as of the wing scales of certain insects)

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First Known Use of accumbent

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for accumbent

Latin accumbent-, accumbens, present participle of accumbere to lie down, recline at table, from ad- + -cumbere to lie down (akin to cubare to lie down)

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“Accumbent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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