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[ mahr-ses-uh nt ]
/ mɑrˈsɛs ənt /

adjective Botany.

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

Nearby words

marcellinus ammianus, marcello, marcellus, marcellus i, marcellus ii, marcescent, march, march break, march brown, march fly, march fracture

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
Related formsmar·ces·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for marcescent


/ (mɑːˈsɛsənt) /


(of the parts of certain plants) remaining attached to the plant when withered
Derived Formsmarcescence, noun

Word Origin for marcescent

C18: from Latin marcescere to grow weak, from marcēre to wither
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for marcescent



"withering," 1727, from Latin marcescentem (nominative marcescens), present participle of marcescere "to wither, languish, droop, decay, pine away," inchoative of marcere "to wither, droop, be faint," from PIE root *merk- "to decay."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for marcescent


[ 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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