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[dih-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-]
adjective Botany.
  1. extending down the stem below the place of insertion, as certain leaves.
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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
Related formsde·cur·rence, de·cur·ren·cy, nounde·cur·rent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for decurrent

Historical Examples of decurrent

  • The gills are close, decurrent, whitish, some of them forked at the base.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • The gills are white, crowded, narrow at each end, decurrent.

  • The gills are attached to the stem, often with a decurrent tooth, whitish.

  • It is easily distinguished from Collybia and Mycena by its decurrent gills.

  • The gills are adnate or decurrent, thick, soft, margin obtuse.

British Dictionary definitions for decurrent


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

Word Origin for decurrent

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