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
Only four alien species are widespread on the island, but the integrity of the ecosystem has recently been threatened by the invasion of an alien groundcover, procumbent pearlwort Sagina procumbens.
The major recent invasion there by procumbent pearlwort required an eradication program during 1999-2000 and the weed will need monitoring and containment for several years.
The unusual long-armed Sapeornis, also from the Jiufutang Formation, had a rather short, Caudipteryx-like skull, and short, conical, unserrated, procumbent teeth projected from its premaxillae (Zhou & Zhang 2003).
In archaeopterygids for example, the premaxillary teeth are more peg-like and more procumbent than are the other teeth.
The somewhat similar Omnivoropteryx, also from the Jiufutang Formation, was also short-skulled, and also has just a few procumbent teeth restricted to the premaxillae (Czerkas & Ji 2002).
In Caudipteryx, four procumbent teeth are present in each premaxilla, but the rest of the skull is edentulous.
Ryne noticed that she was floating above her procumbent form and fought harder against the pull.
In forest and shrubland associations this species has an erect habit and narrow crown, but on windswept coastal heaths it may be reduced to a procumbent plant.
-- A distinct and beautiful plant, of dwarf, creeping habit, forming a tuft of short branchlets springing from the main procumbent stems, none of which exceed 6 in. in length by ¾ in. in thickness.
Labiate plants, and takes its second title from a Greek verb signifying "to creep," which has reference to the procumbent habit of the plant.