Definitions

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

  • adjective Lying down; reclining.
  • adjective Botany Lying or growing on the ground but with erect or rising tips.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

  • adjective Lying down; prostrate; recumbent.
  • adjective (Bot.) Reclining on the ground, as if too weak to stand, and tending to rise at the summit or apex.

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

  • adjective botany Of a plant, which lies on the ground with tips turned upwards.

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 dēcumbēns, dēcumbent-, present participle of dēcumbere, to lie down : dē-, de- + -cumbere, to lie down.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin decumbere.

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