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virescent

[ vahy-res-uhnt, vi- ]
/ vaɪˈrɛs ənt, vɪ- /
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adjective
turning green.
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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How to use virescent in a sentence

  • Even the runners, sinuously encroaching upon the sidewalk, were deeply virescent.

  • Some partially virescent honeysuckle flowers have a similar structure.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters

British Dictionary definitions for virescent

virescent
/ (vɪˈrɛsənt) /

adjective
greenish or becoming green

Word Origin for virescent

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