accumbent

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

Definition of accumbent

  1. 1 :  leaning or reclining especially at meals the Roman accumbent posture in eating

  2. 2 botany :  lying against something —used chiefly of cotyledons having their edges folded against the hypocotyl (as in many crucifers) — compare conduplicate, incumbent

  3. 3 zoology :  closely applied to a surface (as of the wing scales of certain insects)

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Origin and Etymology of 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) — more at hip


First Known Use: 1680


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