Definition of Decurrent

1. a. Extending downward; -- said of a leaf whose base extends downward and forms a wing along the stem.

Definition of Decurrent

1. Adjective. (context: botany) Pertaining to plant parts that extend downward, most often applied to leaf blades that partly wrap or have wings around the stem or petiole and extend down along the stem. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: mycology) Pertaining to lamellae (the gills of a mushroom) that are broadly attached and extend down the stipe of the mushroom. ¹

3. Adjective. (obsolete) running or extending downwards. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Decurrent

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Decurrent

1. Extending downwards beyond the point of insertion. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Decurrent

decuple
decupled
decuples
decuplet
decuplets
decupling
decuria
decurias
decuries
decurion
decurionate
decurionates
decurions
decurrence
decurrent (current term)
decurrently
decursion
decursions
decursive
decursively
decurt
decurtate
decurtation
decurted
decurting
decurts
decurve
decurved
decurves

Literary usage of Decurrent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Arrangement of British Plants: According to the Latest Improvement of the by William Withering (1830)
"Gills decurrent, red brown, but paler than the pileus. Stem solid, reddish buff; two and a half inches high, three quarters of an inch diameter. ..."

2. The Student's Flora of the British Islands by Joseph Dalton Hooker (1878)
"Sepals small, lanceolate, tomentose. Anthers not decurrent. ... BLATTA'RIA proper ; upper leaves not decurrent, racemes lax-flowered, pedicels solitary ..."

3. Hand-book of Indian Flora: Being a Guide to All the Flowering Plants by Herber Drury (1866)
"... uppermost tooth round, somewhat decurrent, lower ones lanceolate, acute, nearly equal; tube of the corolla bent downwards, lower lip stipitate, ..."

4. Memoirs of the Torrey Botanical Club by Torrey Botanical Club (1899)
"linner, softer, less decurrent leaves, with nearly orbicular lobes, of which the convex dorsal is ^—^ the size of the ventral and sharply pointed, ..."

5. The London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art by Thomas Tegg (1829)
"The first grows three or four feet high, with horizontal and very spreading branches; with short, pointed, decurrent, erect, opposite leaves ; and dioecious ..."

6. The Forester =: Or, A Practical Treatise on the Planting, Rearing, and by James Brown (1882)
"Leaves on the young plants awl-shaped, somewhat lanceolate, decurrent at the base, extending at the apex, and sharp-pointed, loosely imbricated in four rows ..."

7. A Class-book of Botany by Alphonso Wood (1851)
"decurrent, when the base lobes of the leaf grow to the stem below the point of insertion, so that the leaf seems to run downwards (Lat. ..."

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