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cernuous

[ surn-yoo-uhs, sur-noo- ]
/ ˈsɜrn yu əs, ˈsɜr nu- /
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adjective Botany.
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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How to use cernuous in a sentence

  • 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

cernuous
/ (ˈsɜːnjʊəs) /

adjective
botany (of some flowers or buds) drooping

Word Origin for cernuous

C17: from Latin cernuus leaning forwards, of obscure origin
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