[ dih-kuhm-buhnt ]
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  1. lying down; recumbent.

  2. Botany. (of stems, branches, etc.) lying or trailing on the ground with the extremity tending to ascend.

Origin of decumbent

1635–45; <Latin dēcumbent- (stem of dēcumbēns), present participle of dēcumbere.See decubitus, -ent

Other words from decumbent

  • de·cum·bence, de·cum·ben·cy, noun
  • de·cum·bent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for decumbent


/ (dɪˈkʌmbənt) /

  1. lying down or lying flat

  2. botany (of certain stems) lying flat with the tip growing upwards

Origin of decumbent

C17: from Latin dēcumbēns, present participle of dēcumbere to lie down

Derived forms of decumbent

  • decumbence or decumbency, noun
  • decumbently, adverb

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