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

  • adj. Lying face down; prone.
  • adj. Botany Trailing along the ground but not rooting: a procumbent vine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. prone or prostrate
  • adj. That trails along the ground

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lying down, or on the face; prone.
  • adj. Lying on the ground, but without putting forth roots; trailing; prostrate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lying down or on the face; prone.
  • In botany, trailing; prostrate; unable to support itself, and therefore lying on the ground, but without putting forth roots: as, a procumbent stem.
  • In anatomy and zoology, directed forward and slightly upward: contrasted with decumbent.

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

  • adj. having stems that trail along the ground without putting down roots

Etymologies

Latin prōcumbēns, prōcumbent-, present participle of prōcumbere, to bend down : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + -cumbere, to lie down.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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