[surn-yoo-uh s, sur-noo-]

adjective Botany.

drooping, as a flower; nodding.

Origin of cernuous

1645–55; < Latin cernuus falling forwards, face down; see -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cernuous

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



botany (of some flowers or buds) drooping

Word Origin for cernuous

C17: from Latin cernuus leaning forwards, of obscure origin
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