[ mahr-ses-uhnt ]
/ mɑrˈsɛs ənt /
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withering but not falling off, as a part of a plant.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM marcescentmar·ces·cence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for marcescent
/ (mɑːˈsɛsənt) /
(of the parts of certain plants) remaining attached to the plant when withered
Derived forms of marcescentmarcescence, noun
Word Origin for marcescent
C18: from Latin marcescere to grow weak, from marcēre to wither
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Scientific definitions for marcescent
[ mär-sĕs′ənt ]
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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