[vahy-res-uh nt, vi-]
- turning green.
- tending to a green color; slightly greenish.
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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- greenish or becoming green
Word Origin for virescent
C19: from Latin virescere to grow green, from virēre to be green
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