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1. Lying down; reclining.
2. Botany Lying or growing on the ground but with erect or rising tips: decumbent stems.

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

de·cum′bence (-bəns), de·cum′ben·cy (-bən-sē) n.


1. lying down or lying flat
2. (Botany) botany (of certain stems) lying flat with the tip growing upwards
[C17: from Latin dēcumbēns, present participle of dēcumbere to lie down]
deˈcumbence, deˈcumbency n
deˈcumbently adv


(dɪˈkʌm bənt)

1. lying on the ground with the extremity tending to rise: decumbent stems.
2. recumbent.
[1635–45; < Latin dēcumbent-, s. of dēcumbēns, present participle of dēcumbere=- de- + -cumbere; see recumbent]
de•cum′bence, de•cum′ben•cy, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.decumbent - lying downdecumbent - lying down; in a position of comfort or rest
unerect - not upright in position or posture


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