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[gley-bres-uh nt]
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adjective Botany.
  1. becoming glabrous.

Origin of glabrescent

1855–60; < Latin glabrēscent- (stem of glabrēscēns, present participle of glabrēscere to become smooth), equivalent to glabr-, stem of glaber smooth + -ēscent- -escent
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Historical Examples

  • The leaf-sheath is glabrous or glabrescent and sometimes hirsute; margin is ciliate.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

British Dictionary definitions for glabrescent


adjective botany
  1. becoming hairless at maturityglabrescent stems
  2. nearly hairless

Word Origin

C19: from Latin glabrescere to become smooth
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