- lying down; recumbent.
- Botany. (of stems, branches, etc.) lying or trailing on the ground with the extremity tending to ascend.
Origin of decumbent
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It is decumbent, and difficult to harvest for hay when seeded alone.
Some are attached by the whole length of the shell, they are then said to be decumbent.A Conchological Manual
George Brettingham Sowerby
VanGorder's and Bradner's records may also be the decumbent form.
I refer Higley and Raddin's record to the decumbent variety.
Decumbent, reclining on the ground, as if too weak to stand.The Elements of Botany
- lying down or lying flat
- botany (of certain stems) lying flat with the tip growing upwards
C17: from Latin dēcumbēns, present participle of dēcumbere to lie down