a person or thing that descends.
  1. the part of a lowercase letter that goes below the body.
  2. a letter having such a part, as p, q, j, or y.

Origin of descender

First recorded in 1660–70; descend + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a person or thing that descends
printing the portion of a letter, such as j, p, or y, below the level of the base of an x or n
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Word Origin and History for descender

in typography, "part of a letter that extends below the body," 1802, agent noun from descend.

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