[ kuh-nes-uh nt ]
/ kəˈnɛs ənt /


covered with whitish or grayish pubescence, as certain plants.

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 forms

ca·nes·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for canescent


/ (kəˈnɛsənt) /


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

Derived Forms

canescence, noun

Word Origin for canescent

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