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cernuous

[surn-yoo-uh s, sur-noo-] /ˈsɜrn yu əs, ˈsɜr nu-/
adjective, Botany
1.
drooping, as a flower; nodding.
Origin of cernuous
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin cernuus falling forwards, face down; see -ous
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  • The stipe is usually white above, fuscous below, at the apex almost evanescent; hence the cernuous sporangia.

    The North American Slime-Moulds Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
British Dictionary definitions for cernuous

cernuous

/ˈsɜːnjʊəs/
adjective
1.
(botany) (of some flowers or buds) drooping
Word Origin
C17: from Latin cernuus leaning forwards, of obscure origin
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