acau·​les·​cent ˌā-kȯ-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce acaulescent (audio)
: having no stem or appearing to have none

Word History


borrowed from New Latin acaulēscent-, acaulēscens, from a- a- entry 2 + caulēscent-, caulēscens "having a stem evident above ground," from Latin caulis "stalk, stem" + -ēscent-, ēscens (as in arborēscens arborescent) — more at cole

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acaulescent was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Acaulescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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