[ dih-kur-uh nt, -kuhr- ]
/ dɪˈkɜr ənt, -ˈkʌr- /

adjective Botany.

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

Related forms

de·cur·rence, de·cur·ren·cy, nounde·cur·rent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decurrent


/ (dɪˈkʌrənt) /


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

Derived Forms

decurrently, adverb

Word Origin for decurrent

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