Definition of accumbent in English:


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  • 1Botany
    (of a cotyledon) lying edgewise against the folded radicle in the seed.

    ‘Although the cotyledons were correctly illustrated as incumbent, they were described as accumbent.’
    • ‘However, Chrysobraya differs from Lepidostemon in having cotyledons incumbent instead of accumbent and staminal filaments toothless and wingless instead of winged and toothed.’
    • ‘Cotyledon arrangement (for examples see full document) is incumbent and sometimes oblique or accumbent and sometimes oblique.’
    • ‘Light blue to chartreuse, adaxially (upper leaf surface) glabrous or scarcely, with appressed hairs, abaxially (lower leaf surface) with densely accumbent, minimally spiky, silky hairs.’
    • ‘However, it has broadly expanded and sometimes minutely denticulate bases of the median staminal filaments, distinctly 2-lobed stigmas, accumbent cotyledons, white flowers with purplish petal claws, and strongly divided leaves.’
  • 2(of a person) lying down or reclining.





Late 17th century (in sense ‘lying against or upon something’): from Latin accumbent- ‘reclining’, from the verb accumbere, from ad- ‘to’ + a verb related to cubare ‘to lie’.