[ dih-kuhm-buh nt ]
/ dɪˈkʌm bənt /


lying down; recumbent.
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
Related formsde·cum·bence, de·cum·ben·cy, nounde·cum·bent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decumbent


/ (dɪˈkʌmbənt) /


lying down or lying flat
botany (of certain stems) lying flat with the tip growing upwards
Derived Formsdecumbence or decumbency, noundecumbently, adverb

Word Origin for decumbent

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