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albescent

[al-bes-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. becoming white; whitish.

Origin of albescent

1825–35; < Latin albēscent- (stem of albēscēns, present participle of albēscere), equivalent to alb(us) white + -ēscent- -escent
Related formsal·bes·cence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for albescence

albescent

adjective
  1. shading into, growing, or becoming white
Derived Formsalbescence, noun

Word Origin

C19: from Latin albēscere to grow white, from albus white
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