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canescent

[ kuh-nes-uhnt ]
/ kəˈnɛs ənt /
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adjective

covered with whitish or grayish pubescence, as certain plants.

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Origin of canescent

1840–50; <Latin cānēscent- stem of cānēscēns, present participle of cānēscere to grow gray, equivalent to cān(us) gray + -ēscent--escent

OTHER WORDS FROM canescent

ca·nes·cence, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for canescent

  • Canescent, grayish-white; hoary, usually because the surface is covered with fine white hairs.

British Dictionary definitions for canescent

canescent
/ (kəˈnɛsənt) /

adjective

biology white or greyish due to the presence of numerous short white hairs
becoming hoary, white, or greyish

Derived forms of canescent

canescence, noun

Word Origin for canescent

C19: from Latin cānescere to grow white, become hoary, from cānēre to be white
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