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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Definitions for flavescent

  1. turning yellow; yellowish.

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Citations for flavescent
A few flavescent leaves, shed during delivery, fell to weaving the carpet that would be finished by nightfall. Patrick Chamoiseau, Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows, translated by Linda Coverdale, 1999
He followed the line of grouting that was flavescent with age and neglect. Gillian Slovo, Red Dust, 2000
Origin of flavescent
1850-1855
Flavescent entered English in the mid-1800s. Its immediate source is the Latin present participial stem flāvescent- “becoming golden yellow, yellow” from the verb flāvescere “to become golden yellow, yellow.” The verb derives from the adjective flāvus “golden yellow, yellow.”
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