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[uh-kres-uh nt]
  1. increasing; enlarging, expanding, or enriching.
  2. growing, as floral parts that increase in size after flowering has occurred.
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Origin of accrescent

First recorded in 1745–55, accrescent is from the Latin word accrēscent- (stem of accrēscēns, present participle of accrēscere to grow). See ac-, crescent
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British Dictionary definitions for accrescent


  1. botany (of a calyx or other part) continuing to grow after flowering
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Word Origin for accrescent

C18: from Latin accrēscere to continue to grow, from crēscere to grow
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