Meaning of decurrent in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈkʌr(ə)nt/


  • 1Botany
    (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.’
    • ‘They have ‘decurrent’ gills, i.e. they are joined to and run some way down the stem.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 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.