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procumbent

[proh-kuhm-buh nt] /proʊˈkʌm bənt/
adjective
1.
lying on the face; prone; prostrate.
2.
Botany. (of a plant or stem) lying along the ground, but not putting forth roots.
Origin of procumbent
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin prōcumbent- (stem of prōcumbēns) bending forward, present participle of prōcumbere. See pro-1, incumbent
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Historical Examples
  • The bringing of them together by the cross resulted in a procumbent plant with long internodes.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • They occur in dense heads on procumbent or ascending stems 4-8 in.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • They are arranged on procumbent branches, all, like the flowers, facing upwards.

  • Galium parisiense (uliginosum), with a square, furrowed, procumbent stem.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • procumbent or Prostrate, lying flat on the ground from the first.

  • The procumbent stem curved up and attained a state of equilibrium under the action of geotropic stimulus.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • Of these characters length of internode was carried by the Bush, and the procumbent habit by the original Cupid parent.

    Mendelism Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • Its golden yellow flowers are densely produced in panicles on procumbent stems, 12in.

  • Sarmentaceous, Sarmentose, bearing long and flexible twigs (Sarments), either spreading or procumbent.

  • The habit of the plant is procumbent; stems contorted, and producing solitary flowers.

British Dictionary definitions for procumbent

procumbent

/prəʊˈkʌmbənt/
adjective
1.
Also prostrate. (of stems) growing along the ground
2.
leaning forwards or lying on the face
Word Origin
C17: from Latin prōcumbere to fall forwards; compare incumbent
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Word Origin and History for procumbent
adj.

"leaning forward," 1660s, from Latin procumbentem (nominative procumbens), present participle of procumbere "to fall forward, fall prostrate," from pro "forward" (see pro-) + -cumbere "to lie down" (see succumb). Related: Procumbently.

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procumbent in Medicine

procumbent pro·cum·bent (prō-kŭm'bənt)
adj.
Lying face down; prone.

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