- becoming or being milky.
- Botany, Entomology. secreting or producing a milky juice.
Origin of lactescent
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Lactescent, producing milky juice, as does the Milkweed, &c.The Elements of Botany
- (of plants and certain insects) secreting a milky fluid
- milky or becoming milky
C18: from Latin lactescēns, from lactescēre to become milky, from lact-, lac milk
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- Becoming milky.
- Secreting or yielding a milky juice, as certain plants and insects.
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