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ignescent

[ig-nes-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. emitting sparks of fire, as certain stones when struck with steel.
  2. bursting into flame.
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noun
  1. an ignescent substance.
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Origin of ignescent

1820–30; < Latin ignēscent- (stem of ignēscēns), present participle of ignēscere to catch fire, equivalent to ign(is) fire + -ēscent- -escent
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British Dictionary definitions for ignescent

ignescent

adjective
  1. giving off sparks when struck, as a flint
  2. capable of bursting into flame
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noun
  1. an ignescent substance
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin ignescere to become inflamed
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