albescent

adjective al·bes·cent \ al-ˈbe-sᵊnt \

Definition of albescent

:white or tending toward white
  • Size and form of the common British Swift … but distinguished from it by its blacker colouring, narrow white band above the tail, widening on each side, and by the duller albescent hue of the throat gradually diminishing much further down …
  • —Edward BlythZoologist1884
  • … an oceanfront that is like a travel agent's dream, where coco palms nod over endless stretches of brilliant albescent beach.
  • —advertisementFortune29 June 1981

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Origin and Etymology of albescent

borrowed from Latin albēscent-, albēscens, present participle of albēscere “to become white, brighten,” from albus “white” + -ēscere, inchoative suffix


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