Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lying down; reclining.
  • adjective Botany Lying or leaning against something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Leaning or reclining, in the manner of the ancients at their meals. See accubation.
  • In botany, lying against: applied to the cotyledons of an embryo when their edges lie against or are opposed to the radicle.
  • noun One who reclines, as at meals; one at table, whether reclining or sitting.
  • In entomology, lying closely, as the scales on a butterfly's antenna.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Leaning or reclining, as the ancients did at their meals.
  • adjective (Bot.) Lying against anything, as one part of a leaf against another leaf.
  • noun One who reclines at table.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Leaning or reclining, as the ancients did at their meals.
  • adjective botany Lying against anything, as one part of a leaf against another leaf

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

  • adjective lying down; in a position of comfort or rest

Etymologies

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

[Latin accumbēns, accumbent-, present participle of accumbere, to recline at table : ad-, ad- + cumbere, to recline.]

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From Latin accumbō ("recline"), from ad ("to") + cumbō ("recline")

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  • Really, just how many words do we need for being prone that end in -cumbent?

    April 17, 2008

  • If you stand up, are you excumbent?

    April 17, 2008