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excurrent

[ik-skur-uh nt, -skuhr-] /ɪkˈskɜr ənt, -ˈskʌr-/
adjective
1.
running out or forth.
2.
Zoology. giving passage outward; affording exit:
the excurrent canal of certain sponges.
3.
Botany.
  1. having the axis prolonged so as to form an undivided main stem or trunk, as the stem of the spruce.
  2. projecting beyond the apex, as the midrib in certain leaves.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin excurrent- (stem of excurrēns) present participle of excurrere to run forth. See ex-1, current
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Examples from the web for excurrent
  • Many conifers have an excurrent branching pattern, and many resist ice storm damage.
  • By combining the excurrent water of many zooids, a sufficient current is produced to carry these products away.
  • The particle-free water is then discharged out the excurrent siphon.
  • Trees with a natural excurrent growth form will have only one main branch leader.
  • There are two siphonal openings in the tunicate test, the incurrent, branchial siphon and the excurrent atrial siphon.
British Dictionary definitions for excurrent

excurrent

/ɛkˈskʌrənt/
adjective
1.
(zoology) having an outward flow, as certain pores in sponges, ducts, etc
2.
(botany)
  1. (of veins) extending beyond the margin of the leaf
  2. having an undivided main stem or trunk, as the spruce and other conifers
3.
flowing or running in an outward direction
Word Origin
C19: from Latin excurrere to run forth; see excursion
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