- glowing; incandescent.
Origin of candescent
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- rare glowing or starting to glow with heat
C19: from Latin candescere, from candēre to be white, shine
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Word Origin and History for candescence
1824, from Latin candescentem (nominative candescens), present participle of candescere "to become white, begin to gleam," inchoative of candere "to shine, to glow" (see candle).
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