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virescent

[vahy-res-uh nt, vi-]
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adjective
  1. turning green.
  2. tending to a green color; slightly greenish.
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Origin of virescent

1820–30; < Latin virēscent- (stem of virēscēns, present participle of virēscere to become green), equivalent to vir(ēre) to be green + -ēscent- -escent
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British Dictionary definitions for virescent

virescent

adjective
  1. greenish or becoming green
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin virescere to grow green, from virēre to be green
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