[kuh-nes-uh nt]

Origin of canescent

1840–50; < Latin cānēscent- stem of cānēscēns, present participle of cānēscere to grow gray, equivalent to cān(us) gray + -ēscent- -escent
Related formsca·nes·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for canescent

Historical Examples of canescent

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

British Dictionary definitions for canescent


  1. biology white or greyish due to the presence of numerous short white hairs
  2. becoming hoary, white, or greyish
Derived Formscanescence, noun

Word Origin for canescent

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