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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Botany Nodding; drooping.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Inclining or nodding downward; pendulous; drooping; said of a bud, flower, or fruit, or the capsule of a moss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclining or nodding downward; pendulous; drooping; -- said of a bud, flower, fruit, or the capsule of a moss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drooping; hanging; having the apex curved or bent down: specifically, in botany, noting less inclination than pendulous; in entomology, said of the head when it is bent down so as to form a right angle with the thorax, as in the crickets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having branches or flower heads that bend downward

Etymologies

From Latin cernuus, bowing forward.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin cernuus with the face turned toward the earth. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Forward _____ cars on Yardmaster's card waybill", in railroad telegraphers' shorthand. --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 21, 2013

  • Walking up Redwood Avenue with its tunnel of cernuous willows, Levi found he had lost the will even to nod his head, usually an involuntary habit with him when music was playing.
    —Zadie Smith, On Beauty

    May 27, 2009