recumbent


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recumbent

1. (of a part or organ) leaning or resting against another organ or the ground
2. (of a fold in a rock formation) in which the axial plane is nearly horizontal

recumbent

[ri′kəm·bənt]
(botany)
Of or pertaining to a plant or plant part that tends to rest on the surface of the soil.
References in classic literature ?
His vision became more acute as the shades of evening settled on the place; and even after the stars were glimmering above his head, he was able to distinguish the recumbent forms of his companions, as they lay stretched on the grass, and to note the person of Chingachgook, who sat upright and motionless as one of the trees which formed the dark barrier on every side.
So saying, he stooped over the bed of the recumbent swineherd, and whispered something in his ear in Saxon.
Cautiously I approached the recumbent figure, on noiseless feet.
had taken up her position in the middle of a great bay; she dropped her anchor; immediately, as if she were a recumbent giant requiring examination, small boats came swarming about her.
A guttural snore from the recumbent man caused her to turn and look down at him.
The pony had wandered eight or ten yards further away; and he had managed, somehow, to remove himself from the middle of the road: I found him seated in a recumbent position on the bank, - looking very white and sickly still, and holding his cambric handkerchief (now more red than white) to his head.
Accordingly, they went down to the drawing-room, where the esteemed lady with no nonsense about her, was recumbent as usual, while Sissy worked beside her.
Meeting with nothing more attractive than the same faint outlines of swell and interval, which every where rose before his drowsy eyes, he changed his position so as completely to turn his back on his dangerous neighbour, and suffered his person to sink sluggishly down into its former recumbent attitude.
The details are finely worked out; the repose proper to hair in a recumbent and inactive attitude is charmingly expressed.
Like snails we wound our silent and careful way among the huge, recumbent forms.
These mountains placed thus, like the pillars of a gigantic gateway, are shaped after the fashion of a woman's breasts, and at times the mists and shadows beneath them take the form of a recumbent woman, veiled mysteriously in sleep.
And yet nowhere about her, in antechamber or corridor, was there sign of any other being than herself and the recumbent figure of Tario, the jeddak, who watched her through half-closed eyes from the gorgeous trappings of his regal couch.