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excrescent

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adjective ex·cres·cent \-sənt\

Definition of excrescent

  1. 1 :  forming an abnormal, excessive, or useless outgrowth

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or constituting epenthesis

ex·cres·cent·ly adverb


Origin of excrescent

Latin excrescent-, excrescens, present participle of excrescere to grow out, from ex- + crescere to grow — more at crescent


First Known Use: 1633


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