[ vahy-res-uh ns, vi- ]
/ vaɪˈrɛs əns, vɪ- /

noun Botany.

state of becoming somewhat, though usually not totally, green, due to the abnormal presence of chlorophyll.


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Origin of virescence

First recorded in 1885–90; viresc(ent) + -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for virescence

  • See also succeeding paragraphs and sections in Chloranthy, Virescence, &c.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters

British Dictionary definitions for virescence

/ (vɪˈrɛsəns) /


(in plants) the process of becoming green, esp by the action of disease, etc, in parts not normally green
the condition of being or the process of becoming green

Word Origin for virescence

C19: see virescent
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