[nahy-gres-uh nt]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. blackish; dark
Derived Formsnigrescence, noun

Word Origin for nigrescent

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