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incubous

[in-kyuh-buh s, ing-]
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adjective
  1. (of leaves) overlapping, with the upper part of each leaf covering the base of the leaf above it.
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Compare succubous.

Origin of incubous

1855–60; < Latin incub(āre) to lie upon (see incubate) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for incubous

Historical Examples

  • Leaves small, incubous, palmately 2–4-cleft or -parted; underleaves similar, often smaller.

    The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States

    Asa Gray

  • Leaves large, complicate-bilobed, incubous; lower lobe small, bearing root-hairs; underleaves none.

  • Incubous, with tip of one leaf lying flat over the base of the next above.


British Dictionary definitions for incubous

incubous

adjective
  1. (of a liverwort) having the leaves arranged so that the upper margin of each leaf lies above the lower margin of the next leaf alongCompare succubous
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin incubare incubate
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