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[dih-kuhm-buh nt]
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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.
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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
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Related Words for decumbent

flat, horizontal, prone, prostrate, recumbent, accumbent

Examples from the Web for decumbent

Historical Examples of decumbent

  • It is decumbent, and difficult to harvest for hay when seeded alone.

    Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement

    Alva Agee

  • 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.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam

  • I refer Higley and Raddin's record to the decumbent variety.

    Trees of Indiana

    Charles Clemon Deam

  • Decumbent, reclining on the ground, as if too weak to stand.

British Dictionary definitions for decumbent


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