from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Biology Inverted or seemingly turned upside down, as the flowers of most orchids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the appearance of being upside down

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inverted in position; appearing to be upside down or reversed, as the flowers of the orchis and the leaves of some plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inverted; reversed; appearing as if turned upside down.
  • In botany, inverted: said specifically of flowers, like those of orchids, in which by a half-twist of the pedicel or ovary the posterior petal becomes lowermost; also of certain agaric fungi, in which the hymenium is on the upper instead of the under side of the pileus.
  • In entom, same as resupine.


Latin resupīnātus, past participle of resupīnāre, to bend back : re-, re- + supīnus, supine; see supine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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