- emitting sparks of fire, as certain stones when struck with steel.
- bursting into flame.
- an ignescent substance.
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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- giving off sparks when struck, as a flint
- capable of bursting into flame
- an ignescent substance
Word Origin for ignescent
C19: from Latin ignescere to become inflamed
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