Definition of procumbent in English:



  • (of a plant or stem) growing along the ground without throwing out roots:

    ‘some forms have long procumbent branches’
    • ‘One example is procumbent rosemary, used extensively as a ground cover and sheared several times a year.’
    • ‘Species of Cylindropuntia and Opuntia cactus have a wide range of morphologies from tall, tree-like forms to procumbent forms.’
    • ‘Charnia evidently had a procumbent mode of life on a soft muddy substrate.’
    • ‘Finally, this work represents part of a long-term research effort in which mechanical architectures are being investigated in terms of the evolution of architectures of trees, shrubs, lianas and procumbent growth forms.’
    lying, flat, horizontal, stretched out, sprawled, spreadeagled, reclining, resting, lounging, prone, prostrate, supine
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Mid 17th century: from Latin procumbent- falling forwards, from the verb procumbere, from pro- forwards, down + a verb related to cubare to lie.