[ ik-skur-uh nt, -skuhr- ]
/ ɪkˈskɜr ənt, -ˈskʌr- /


running out or forth.
Zoology. giving passage outward; affording exit: the excurrent canal of certain sponges.
  1. having the axis prolonged so as to form an undivided main stem or trunk, as the stem of the spruce.
  2. projecting beyond the apex, as the midrib in certain leaves.

Origin of excurrent

1595–1605; < Latin excurrent- (stem of excurrēns) present participle of excurrere to run forth. See ex-1, current
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British Dictionary definitions for excurrent

/ (ɛkˈskʌrənt) /


zoology having an outward flow, as certain pores in sponges, ducts, etc
  1. (of veins) extending beyond the margin of the leaf
  2. having an undivided main stem or trunk, as the spruce and other conifers
flowing or running in an outward direction

Word Origin for excurrent

C19: from Latin excurrere to run forth; see excursion
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