Definition of pendulous in English:



  • Hanging down loosely.

    ‘pendulous branches’
    • ‘Seventy or eighty of them form enormous pendulous bunches, of which each tree annually ripens three.’
    • ‘The nest is often located in a willow, cottonwood, or other hardwood tree, and is a pendulous basket suspended from a thin branch that commonly hangs over water.’
    • ‘Also scattered along the back of the beach are clumps of windswept Horsetail She-oaks - a perfect name for these pendulous trees.’
    • ‘Each stem sports a large number of pendulous flowers.’
    • ‘A lone tree stands in a nursery in Portland with pendulous white bells ringing from its arms.’
    • ‘In one spot deep within the gorge, the pendulous nests of green oropendolas adorn the outer branches of a tall tree growing on one of the river's small islands.’
    • ‘Most of the trees are leafless with just the golden pendulous flowers, while some have a mixture of gold blossoms and lovely tender green leaves tinged with a rich copper colour.’
    • ‘Sky flower is a common name for golden dewdrop, a towering shrubby perennial with pendulous clusters of white, lavender or purple flowers followed by golden berries.’
    • ‘Although it is naturally tall, trim it each spring to make an elegant hedge with strong bushy growth, dripping with pendulous crimson flowers in summer.’
    • ‘There are eight arcade windows also, and they're hung now with pendulous floral arrangements of pumpkins, and little trees sprouting from lemons floating in gallons of water.’
    • ‘This spring-flowering species has elegant slender stems, suspended from which are pendulous bell-shaped flowers, very green in bud, opening to cream, crisscrossed with green and maroon netted markings.’
    • ‘The large pendulous flower clusters of the wisteria vine are quite appealing to butterflies in late spring.’
    • ‘The many flowers are formed on a long pendulous spike and are very showy.’
    • ‘Analyses of the photosynthetic system in pendulous leaves such as those of Eucalyptus were also made.’
    • ‘The arrangement of pendulous petal groups has a similar appearance to that of the red-hot poker or some aloe flowers.’
    • ‘The pollen needed to turn these flowers into pecan nuts comes from the male flowers or ‘catkins,’ 5-to 6-inch pendulous spikes growing laterally on year-old wood.’
    • ‘Sourwood decks itself with pendulous seedpods, and hazelnut displays dangling catkins in early spring.’
    • ‘The fringe tree is an oval-shaped single- or multitrunked native that produces pendulous panicles of white, fragrant and fringey flowers in spring.’
    • ‘The varieties with pendulous growth are suitable for hanging baskets and window boxes.’
    • ‘Most edible bananas have pendulous inflorescences (called Vazhapoo in Tamil) and are usually a dull maroon.’
    drooping, dangling, droopy, sagging, saggy, floppy
    hanging, suspended, supported from above, pendent
    swinging, swaying, falling, tumbling, trailing, flowing, loose, relaxed
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Early 17th century: from Latin pendulus hanging down (from pendere hang) + -ous.