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virescence

[ vahy-res-uhns, vi- ]
/ vaɪˈrɛs əns, vɪ- /
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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

Words nearby virescence

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How to use virescence in a sentence

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

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
  • A sudden belch of flame, outside, split the night with terrible virescence.

    The Air Trust|George Allan England
  • Some of the above are probably cases of mere virescence rather than of phyllody.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
  • The plumage of the young bird is brownish-olive above, with a tendency to stronger virescence on the rump and tail.

British Dictionary definitions for virescence

virescence
/ (vɪˈrɛsəns) /

noun
(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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