Procumbent Pro*cum"bent, a. [L. procumbens, -entis, p. pr. of procumbere to fall, bend, or lean forward; pro forward + cumbere (in comp.), akin to cubare to lie down: cf. F. procombant. Cf. {Incumbent}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Lying down, or on the face; prone. `` Procumbent each obeyed.'' --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Lying on the ground, but without putting forth roots; trailing; prostrate; as, a procumbent stem. [1913 Webster]

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  • procumbent — [prō kum′bənt] adj. [L procumbens, prp. of procumbere, to lean forward < pro , forward (see PRO 2) + cumbere < cubare, to lie down (see CUBE1)] 1. lying face down 2. Bot. trailing along the ground: said of a stem …   English World dictionary

  • procumbent — adjective Etymology: Latin procumbent , procumbens, present participle of procumbere to fall or lean forward, from pro forward + cumbere to lie down Date: 1668 1. being or having stems that trail along the ground without rooting 2. lying face… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • procumbent — /proh kum beuhnt/, adj. 1. lying on the face; prone; prostrate. 2. Bot. (of a plant or stem) lying along the ground, but not putting forth roots. [1660 70; < L procumbent (s. of procumbens) bending forward, prp. of procumbere. See PRO ,… …   Universalium

  • procumbent — Rarely used term denoting in a prone position; lying face down. [L. procumbens, falling or leaning forward] * * * pro·cum·bent ( )prō kəm bənt adj a slanting forward <procumbent maxillary incisors> * * * pro·cum·bent (pro kumґbənt)… …   Medical dictionary

  • procumbent — [prə(ʊ) kʌmb(ə)nt] adjective Botany (of a plant or stem) growing along the ground without throwing out roots. Origin C17: from L. procumbent , procumbere fall forwards , from pro forwards, down + a verb related to cubare to lie …   English new terms dictionary

  • procumbent — leaning forward …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • procumbent — adj. [L. pro, before; cubare, to lean] Prostrate; trailing; leaning forward …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • procumbent — adjective a) prone or prostrate b) That trails along the ground …   Wiktionary

  • procumbent — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Lying down: decumbent, flat, horizontal, prone, prostrate, recumbent. See HORIZONTAL …   English dictionary for students

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