- lying on the face; prone; prostrate.
- Botany. (of a plant or stem) lying along the ground, but not putting forth roots.
Origin of procumbent
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Examples from the Web for procumbent
They occur in dense heads on procumbent or ascending stems 4-8 in.Flowers of Mountain and Plain
Edith S. Clements
Galium parisiense (uliginosum), with a square, furrowed, procumbent stem.Lachesis Lapponica
Carl von Linn
Procumbent or Prostrate, lying flat on the ground from the first.The Elements of Botany
The procumbent stem curved up and attained a state of equilibrium under the action of geotropic stimulus.Life Movements in Plants
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Its golden yellow flowers are densely produced in panicles on procumbent stems, 12in.
- Also: prostrate (of stems) growing along the ground
- leaning forwards or lying on the face
C17: from Latin prōcumbere to fall forwards; compare incumbent
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Word Origin and History for procumbent
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Lying face down; prone.
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