[ dih-kur-uhnt, -kuhr- ]

  1. extending down the stem below the place of insertion, as certain leaves.

Origin of decurrent

1745–55; <Latin dēcurrent- (stem of dēcurrēns) running down (present participle of dēcurrere, equivalent to dē-de- + currere to run); see current

Other words from decurrent

  • de·cur·rence, de·cur·ren·cy, noun
  • de·cur·rent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for decurrent


/ (dɪˈkʌrənt) /

  1. botany extending down the stem, esp (of a leaf) having the base of the blade extending down the stem as two wings

Origin of decurrent

C15: from Latin dēcurrere to run down, from currere to run

Derived forms of decurrent

  • decurrently, adverb

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