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

  • adjective Inverted or seemingly turned upside down, as the flowers of most orchids and the fruiting bodies of certain fungi.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Inverted; reversed; appearing as if turned upside down.
  • In botany, inverted: said specifically of flowers, like those of orchids, in which by a half-twist of the pedicel or ovary the posterior petal becomes lowermost; also of certain agaric fungi, in which the hymenium is on the upper instead of the under side of the pileus.
  • In entom, same as resupine.

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

  • adjective Inverted in position; appearing to be upside down or reversed, as the flowers of the orchis and the leaves of some plants.

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

  • adjective botany Having the appearance of being upside down


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

[Latin resupīnātus, past participle of resupīnāre, to bend back : re-, re- + supīnus, supine; see supine.]



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  • In botany, turned or twisted upwards.

    February 12, 2008