lac·​tes·​cent | \ (ˈ)lak¦tesᵊnt \

Definition of lactescent

1 : becoming or appearing milky
2a : secreting milk
b : yielding a milky juice used of a plant

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History and Etymology for lactescent

Latin lactescent-, lactescens, present participle of lactescere to turn to milk, inchoative of lactēre to be milky, from lact-, lac milk

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“Lactescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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