- lying down
- Bot. trailing on the ground and rising at the tip, as some stems
Origin of decumbentClassical Latin decumbens, present participle of decumbere, to lie down from de-, down + -cumbere from cubare, to recline, lie down: see cube
- Lying down; reclining.
- Botany Lying or growing on the ground but with erect or rising tips: decumbent stems.
Origin of decumbentLatin dēcumbēns dēcumbent- present participle of dēcumbere to lie down dē- de- -cumbere to lie down
- de·cum′bence de·cum′ben·cy
(comparative more decumbent, superlative most decumbent)
- (botany) Of a plant, which lies on the ground with tips turned upwards.