decumbent

adjective
de·​cum·​bent | \ di-ˈkəm-bənt How to pronounce decumbent (audio) , dē- \

Definition of decumbent

1 : lying down
2 of a plant : reclining on the ground but with ascending apex or extremity

First Known Use of decumbent

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decumbent

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

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“Decumbent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decumbent. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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