from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lying down; reclining.
- adj. Botany Lying or growing on the ground but with erect or rising tips: decumbent stems.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a plant, which lies on the ground with tips turned upwards.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Lying down; prostrate; recumbent.
- adj. Reclining on the ground, as if too weak to stand, and tending to rise at the summit or apex.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lying down; reclining; prostrate; recumbent.
- Specifically In botany, having the base reclining upon the ground, as an ascending stem the lower part of which rests upon the earth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lying down; in a position of comfort or rest
Description: Erect, decumbent or scandent perennial woody herb usually 0. 3-1 m high, occasionally to 2 m, usually with numerous ascending branches.
Description: An erect or prostrate decumbent fleshy herb with spreading branches.
Description: An erect much-branched herb (rarely decumbent), usually 0. 5-1.2 m high.
Description: An erect, decumbent or prostrate herb usually branched from the base and often less than 40 cm high.
Description: A stout, erect (occasionally decumbent) herb about 1 m or more with green or red and usually branched stems.
Palpi long, slightly decumbent; third joint a little shorter than the second, with which it forms an obtuse angle.
The stems are semi-decumbent, and they branch somewhat freely.
As one might expect, the position of greatest ease is the decumbent.
From this hypothesis he reasons that atmospheric and oceanic masses are moved along with the decumbent nucleus with a velocity decreasing from the equator to the poles; and if the least retardation operates on the atmospheric and oceanic waters, a counter-current will be formed, flowing with the greatest rapidity where the retardation is greatest.
The leaves are small, scarcely 1in. long, linear, lance-shaped, and of a dark green colour; they are closely arranged on decumbent stems, which sometimes are more than 1ft. long.
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