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[dih-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-] /dɪˈkɜr ənt, -ˈkʌr-/
adjective, Botany
extending down the stem below the place of insertion, as certain leaves.
Origin of decurrent
1745-55; < Latin dēcurrent- (stem of dēcurrēns) running down (present participle of dēcurrere, equivalent to dē- de- + currere to run); see current
Related forms
decurrence, decurrency, noun
decurrently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for decurrent
  • Excurrent growth trees have a decurrent growth pattern.
  • Lamellae arcuate, becoming long decurrent, whitish or paler than pileus margin.
  • Gills: distant, descending or decurrent, paler yellow-tan.
  • For example, if site is underneath overhead utility lines, plant a small scale tree with decurrent branching pattern.
  • Adverse effects will result for the decurrent false aster, but the species will not be jeopardized.
British Dictionary definitions for decurrent


(botany) extending down the stem, esp (of a leaf) having the base of the blade extending down the stem as two wings
Derived Forms
decurrently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēcurrere to run down, from currere to run
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