ca·​nes·​cent kə-ˈne-sᵊnt How to pronounce canescent (audio)
: growing white, whitish, or hoary
especially : having a fine grayish-white pubescence
canescent leaves

Word History


Latin canescent-, canescens, present participle of canescere, inchoative of canēre to be gray, be white, from canus white, hoary — more at hare

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of canescent was circa 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Canescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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