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

  • adjective Having the leaf base extending down the stem below the insertion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In botany, extending downward beyond the place of insertion: as, a decurrent leaf (that is, a sessile leaf having its base extending downward along the stem). Also decurring.

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

  • adjective (Bot.) Extending downward; -- said of a leaf whose base extends downward and forms a wing along the stem.

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

  • adjective botany Pertaining to plant parts that extend downward, most often applied to leaf blades that partly wrap or have wings around the stem or petiole and extend down along the stem.
  • adjective mycology Pertaining to lamellae (the gills of a mushroom) that are broadly attached and extend down the stipe of the mushroom.
  • adjective obsolete running or extending downwards.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin dēcurrēns, dēcurrent-, present participle of dēcurrere, to run down : dē-, de- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin decurrensde ("down") + curro ("to run").

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