Definition of -escent
1 : beginning : beginning to be : slightly <frutescent>
2 : reflecting or emitting light (in a specified way) <opalescent>
Origin of -escent
Middle French, from Latin -escent-, -escens, present participle suffix of inchoative verbs in -escere
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up -escent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).