[ mahr-ses-uh nt ]
/ mɑrˈsɛs ənt /

adjective Botany.

withering but not falling off, as a part of a plant.

Origin of marcescent

1720–30; < Latin marcēscent-, stem of marcēscēns (present participle of marcēscere to wither, shrivel), equivalent to marc(ēre) to wither + -ēscent- -escent


mar·ces·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for marcescence

/ (mɑːˈsɛsənt) /


(of the parts of certain plants) remaining attached to the plant when withered

Derived forms of marcescent

marcescence, noun

Word Origin for marcescent

C18: from Latin marcescere to grow weak, from marcēre to wither
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Scientific definitions for marcescence

[ mär-sĕsənt ]

Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering. Many oaks have marcescent foliage that stays on the tree through winter.
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