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descender (n.)

1660s, "one who or that which descends," agent noun from descend. Specifically in typography, "part of a letter that extends below the body," 1802. Earlier in this sense was descendant (1670s).

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Definitions of descender from WordNet

descender (n.)
someone who descends;
descender (n.)
a lowercase letter that has a part extending below other lowercase letters;
descender (n.)
(printing) the part of lowercase letters that extends below the other lowercase letters;
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