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[ri-soo-puh-neyt, -nit]
  1. bent backward.
  2. Botany. inverted; appearing as if upside down.
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Origin of resupinate

1770–80; < Latin resupīnātus bent backward, turned back (past participle of resupīnāre), equivalent to re- re- + supīn- (see supine) + -ātus -ate1
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Historical Examples of resupinate

  • Resupinate, inverted, or appearing as if upside down, or reversed.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Resupinate, spread over the matrix, the fruiting surface external and the pileus next the wood.

  • When growing under the log the upper side of the cap is against the wood and it is said to be resupinate.

  • It is resupinate, the cap being beautifully zoned as you see in Figure 351.

  • This is a very small plant, resupinate, membranaceous, and it is so named because of the milk-white color underneath.

British Dictionary definitions for resupinate


  1. botany (of plant parts, esp the flowers of many orchids) reversed or inverted in position, so as to appear to be upside down
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Derived Formsresupination, noun

Word Origin for resupinate

C18: from Latin resupīnātus bent back, from resupīnāre, from re- + supīnāre to place on the back; see supine
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