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[surn-yoo-uh s, sur-noo-]
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adjective Botany.
  1. drooping, as a flower; nodding.
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Origin of cernuous

1645–55; < Latin cernuus falling forwards, face down; see -ous
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Related Words for cernuous

nodding, limp, enervated, pendulous, cernuous, flaccid, lackadaisical, languid, lethargic, languorous, nutant

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Historical Examples of cernuous

  • The stipe is usually white above, fuscous below, at the apex almost evanescent; hence the cernuous sporangia.

    The North American Slime-Moulds

    Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

British Dictionary definitions for cernuous


  1. botany (of some flowers or buds) drooping
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Word Origin for cernuous

C17: from Latin cernuus leaning forwards, of obscure origin
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