[ surn-yoo-uhs, sur-noo- ]
/ ˈsɜrn yu əs, ˈsɜr nu- /
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drooping, as a flower; nodding.
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Origin of cernuous
1645–55; <Latin cernuus falling forwards, face down; see -ous
Words nearby cernuous
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Example sentences from the Web for 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
/ (ˈsɜːnjʊəs) /
botany (of some flowers or buds) drooping
Word Origin for cernuous
C17: from Latin cernuus leaning forwards, of obscure origin
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