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virescence

[vahy-res-uh ns, vi-]
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noun Botany.
  1. state of becoming somewhat, though usually not totally, green, due to the abnormal presence of chlorophyll.

Origin of virescence

First recorded in 1885–90; viresc(ent) + -ence
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  • See also succeeding paragraphs and sections in Chloranthy, Virescence, &c.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters


British Dictionary definitions for virescence

virescence

noun
  1. (in plants) the process of becoming green, esp by the action of disease, etc, in parts not normally green
  2. the condition of being or the process of becoming green

Word Origin

C19: see virescent
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