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


Latin dēcumbēns, dēcumbent-, present participle of dēcumbere, to lie down : dē-, de- + -cumbere, to lie down.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin decumbere. (Wiktionary)



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