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pendulous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj pendulous having branches or flower heads that bend downward "nodding daffodils","the pendulous branches of a weeping willow","lilacs with drooping panicles of fragrant flowers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pendulous Depending; pendent loosely; hanging; swinging. "The pendulous round earth."
    • Pendulous (Bot) Inclined or hanging downwards, as a flower on a recurved stalk, or an ovule which hangs from the upper part of the ovary.
    • Pendulous Wavering; unstable; doubtful. "A pendulous state of mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pendulous Hanging loosely or swinging freely from a fixed point above; hanging; swinging; loosely pendent: as, pendulous ears.
    • pendulous In zoology, specifically applied — To the pensile nests of birds, which hang like a purse or pouch from the support.
    • pendulous To the penis, clitoris, or scrotum when loosely hanging from the perineum or abdomen, as in various monkeys, marsupials, etc.
    • pendulous In botany, same as pendent, more especially when the flexure is from weakness of the support.
    • pendulous In suspense; wavering; doubting; undecided.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pendulous hanging loosely: swinging freely, as the pensile nests of birds:
    • Pendulous (bot.) hanging downwards, as a flower on a curved stalk
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pendulus, fr. pendere, to hang. Cf. Pendant, and cf. Pendulum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., neut. of pendulus, hanging—pendēre, to hang.

Usage

In literature:

A merry crew of them swing their hammocks from the pendulous boughs.
"My Garden Acquaintance" by James Russell Lowell
He was a short, broad man of five-and-forty with pendulous cheeks and hard blue eyes.
"Captain Blood" by Rafael Sabatini
Heavy pendulous lip hanging, he stared at her from distended eyes, realising that he had forgotten himself.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
C'est un metier que de faire un livre comme de faire une pendule.
"Pelham, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Cobwebs, pendulous and brown with dirt, hung from the ceiling.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
Let me term it a mental pendulous pulsation.
"Edgar Allan Poe's Complete Poetical Works" by Edgar Allan Poe
The small, pendulous body attached to the back part of the palate.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Flowers usually bright red or purplish-coloured, and placed on long pendulous footstalks.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
In despairing rapture I clutched after a neck ornament hung with pendulous pearls as large as plums.
"Us and the Bottleman" by Edith Ballinger Price
In old specimens the branches become semi-pendulous.
"Cactus Culture For Amateurs" by W. Watson
You saw my puffy eye-orbits and my pendulous lip in your own face.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
The liquor brought a quick flush to her slightly pendulous cheeks, and she was enveloped in an increasing bravado.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The trees along this portion of the boundary nullah, are covered with masses of pendulous Neckera and Hypna.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
As yet I could not see any pendulous cloud from whence it might come; and was in hopes it would soon lose its force.
"A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
Different wave-lengths, as already explained, correspond to various periods in the pendulous swing of floating bodies.
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
Seated by the stove was a pathetically old woman, with pendulous chin and rheumy eyes.
"The Lightning Conductor" by C. N. Williamson
There was the snug and pendulous abode of the little kitty-wren.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
The twigs are mostly pendulous, and bear long and slender light-green leaves, in bundles of thirty or forty.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step
He lost flesh everywhere except around the waist, so that his belly, hitherto inconspicuous, looked almost pendulous.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The monster writhed and broke, and the pendulous head of it swept inland.
"White Fire" by John Oxenham
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In poetry:

Her not ill-natured eye which now
In cushions pendulous, is hid,
Is still the eye which sparkled once
From under an enticing lid.
"Of A Stout Lady" by Edith Mirick
Oh, my own Love, I warn
Thy grief to be as still as they who tread
The snow of alpine peak,
And see the pendulous avalanche o'erhead
Hang like a dew-drop on a thorn!
"The Captain's Wife" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Like little yellow stars that, fallen down,
Hang pendulous, enmeshed among the boughs,
Mild golden radiances they gem the crown
Fair Summer sets upon her beauteous brows.
"Flower-Fancies" by Leigh Gordon Giltner
The music swells. His gross legs quiver.
His little lips are bright with slime.
The music swells. The women shiver.
And all the while, in perfect time,
His pendulous stomach hangs a-shaking.
"Wagner" by Rupert Brooke
Then see him with the languor and forlorn in all his air,
A standing on the curbstone in a semi-vacant stare;
In pendulous vibrations 'twix the club-room and his wife,
This a solace, that a nagger, to his swiftly ebbing life.
"The Shady Side" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Both tall and broad, ultimately reaching more than 50 feet in height, this juniper is cloaked with graceful, dramatic swags of pendulous blue-green foliage.
Cascading, pendulous, twisted, yellowish green flowers that remind me of curled ribbon.
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