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1(of a fungus gill, leaf, etc.) extending down the stem below the point of attachment.
- ‘Typically, these plants consist of axes clothed in short, curved, decurrent leaves up to 1 cm in length and 0.5 cm wide.’
- ‘The leaves are strongly decurrent and apparently did not become detached readily.’
- ‘Once, clouds of a unique wildflower, the decurrent false aster, lined the banks of the Illinois River, but the construction of a system of locks and dams has nearly eliminated the plant's habitat.’
- ‘They have ‘decurrent’ gills, i.e. they are joined to and run some way down the stem.’
- 1.1 (of a shrub or the crown of a tree) having several roughly equal branches.
Mid 18th century: from Latin decurrent- running down, from the verb decurrere.
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