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albescent

[ al-bes-uhnt ]
/ ælˈbɛs ənt /
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adjective

becoming white; whitish.

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Origin of albescent

1825–35; <Latin albēscent- (stem of albēscēns, present participle of albēscere), equivalent to alb(us) white + -ēscent--escent
al·bes·cence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for albescent

albescent
/ (ælˈbɛsənt) /

adjective

shading into, growing, or becoming white
albescence, noun
C19: from Latin albēscere to grow white, from albus white
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