Definition for DE-COM-POUND'


  1. Composed of things or words already compounded; compounded a second time. – Boyle.
  2. A decompound leaf, in botany, is when the primary petiole is so divided that each part forms a compound leaf. A decompound flower is formed of compound flowers, or containing, within a common calyx, smaller calyxes, common to several flowers. – Martyn.

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