Definition of -escent 

1 : beginning : beginning to be : slightly frutescent

2 : reflecting or emitting light (in a specified way) opalescent

History and Etymology for -escent

Middle French, from Latin -escent-, -escens, present participle suffix of inchoative verbs in -escere

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