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nigrescent

[ nahy-gres-uhnt ]
/ naɪˈgrɛs ənt /
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adjective
tending toward black; blackish.
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Origin of nigrescent

First recorded in 1745–55; from Latin nigrēscent- (stem of nigrēscēns, present participle of nigrēscere “to turn black, grow dark”), equivalent to nigr- (stem of niger ) “black” + -ēscent- verb suffix meaning “becoming”; see -esce, -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM nigrescent

ni·gres·cence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nigrescent

nigrescent
/ (naɪˈɡrɛsənt) /

adjective
blackish; dark

Derived forms of nigrescent

nigrescence, noun

Word Origin for nigrescent

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