One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a cotyledon) lying edgeways against the folded radicle in the seed.
- ‘However, it has broadly expanded and sometimes minutely denticulate bases of the median staminal filaments, distinctly 2-lobed stigmas, accumbent cotyledons, white flowers with purplish petal claws, and strongly divided leaves.’
- ‘Although the cotyledons were correctly illustrated as incumbent, they were described as accumbent.’
- ‘Light blue to chartreuse, adaxially (upper leaf surface) glabrous or scarcely, with appressed hairs, abaxially (lower leaf surface) with densely accumbent, minimally spiky, silky hairs.’
- ‘However, Chrysobraya differs from Lepidostemon in having cotyledons incumbent instead of accumbent and staminal filaments toothless and wingless instead of winged and toothed.’
- ‘Cotyledon arrangement (for examples see full document) is incumbent and sometimes oblique or accumbent and sometimes oblique.’
Early 19th century: from Latin accumbent- ‘reclining’, from accumbere, from ad- ‘to’ + a verb related to cubare ‘to lie’.
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