adjective lac·tes·cent \(ˈ)lak¦tesənt\

Definition of lactescent

  1. 1 :  becoming or appearing milky

  2. 2a :  secreting milk b :  yielding a milky juice —used of a plant

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Origin and Etymology of 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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capable of being understood in two ways

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