adjective de·cum·bent \di-ˈkəm-bənt, dē-\

Definition of decumbent

  1. 1 :  lying down

  2. 2 of a plant :  reclining on the ground but with ascending apex or extremity

Origin and Etymology of decumbent

Latin decumbent-, decumbens, present participle of decumbere to lie down, from de- + -cumbere to lie down; akin to Latin cubare to lie

First Known Use: 1656

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