- growing abnormally out of something else; superfluous.
- Phonetics. (of a speech sound) inserted or added as a result of articulatory interaction or impetus, as the t-sound in sense (sents) or against (from Middle English ageynes), without grammatical or historical justification; intrusive; parasitic.
Origin of excrescent
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An excrescent b, as in chimbley and fambly, seems to be native.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
You are regarded an excrescent growth on the body of civil society.
The insertion of excrescent p occurs after m in other words in Chaucer; as in solempne, dampne.
Skeat explains this form as fallen with an excrescent d, due to Scandinavian influence, citing also Bk.The Bruce
If heavy rains happen at this critical period, they will wash this excrescent substance off, and thereby damage the plants.
- denoting, relating to, or resembling an abnormal outgrowth
- uselessly added; not essential; superfluous
- denoting or relating to a speech sound or letter inserted into a word without etymological justification, such as the b in nimble
C17: from Latin excrēscēns, from excrēscere, from crēscere to grow
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Word Origin and History for excrescent
mid-15c., from Latin excrescentem (nominative excrescens), present participle of excrescere (see excrescence).
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- Growing out abnormally, excessively, or superfluously.
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