Definition of succubous in English:

succubous

adjective

Botany
  • (of a liverwort) having leaves obliquely inserted on the stem so that their upper edges are overlapped by the lower edges of the leaves above.

    Often contrasted with incubous
    • ‘On closer inspection one would find that the leaves of Lophozia barbata are four-lobed and succubous.’
    • ‘The leaf insertion is succubous, meaning that the upper border of a leaf lies under the lower border of the leaf immediately above it on the stem.’
    • ‘Leaves succubous, circular to oblong-ovate, rounded, usually with very conspicuous yellow gemmae produced at the upper margins, concave, costa none.’
    • ‘Leaves sometimes distichous, vertically oriented, transversely or subtransversely inserted, but with ventral base succubous and sometimes decurrent, constantly 2-lobed to 0.1-0.6 their length.’
    • ‘Leaf overlap in a lateral row of leaves is either succubous (bottom of upper leaf overlaps top of lower leaf) or incubous (top of lower leaf overlap bottom of upper leaf).’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from late Latin succubare ‘lie under’ + -ous.

Pronunciation

succubous

/ˈsəkyəbəs/