re·​su·​pi·​nate ri-ˈsü-pə-ˌnāt How to pronounce resupinate (audio)
: inverted in position
resupinate orchid flowers
: having or being a fruiting body lying flat on the substrate with the hymenium at the periphery or over the whole surface
resupinate fungi
resupinate sporophores

Word History


Latin resupinatus, past participle of resupinare to bend back to a supine position, from re- + supinus supine

First Known Use

circa 1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of resupinate was circa 1776

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Cite this Entry

“Resupinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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