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[nahy-gres-uh nt]
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  1. tending toward black; blackish.
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Origin of nigrescent

1745–55; < Latin nigrēscent- (stem of nigrēscēns, present participle of nigrēscere to turn black, grow dark), equivalent to nigr- (stem of niger) black + -ēscent- (see -esce, -ent)
Related formsni·gres·cence, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Nigrescent, nī-gres′ent, adj. growing black or dark: approaching to blackness.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


British Dictionary definitions for nigrescent


  1. blackish; dark
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Derived Formsnigrescence, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin nigrescere to grow black, from niger black; see Negro 1
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