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[suhk-yuh-buh s]
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adjective Botany.
  1. (of leaves) overlapping, with the base of each leaf covering part of that under it.
Compare incubous.

Origin of succubous

1855–60; < Latin succub(āre) to lie under (see succuba) + -ous
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Historical Examples

  • Succubous, when crowded leaves are each covered by base of next above.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for succubous


  1. (of a liverwort) having the leaves arranged so that the upper margin of each leaf is covered by the lower margin of the next leaf alongCompare incubous

Word Origin

C19: from Late Latin succubare : see succubus
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