canescent

adjective
ca·​nes·​cent | \ kə-ˈne-sᵊnt How to pronounce canescent (audio) , ka- \

Definition of canescent

: growing white, whitish, or hoary especially : having a fine grayish-white pubescence canescent leaves

First Known Use of canescent

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for canescent

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

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The first known use of canescent was circa 1828

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“Canescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canescent. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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