marcescent

adjective
mar·​ces·​cent | \-nt\

Definition of marcescent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

of a plant part

: withering without falling off marcescent leaves

marcescent

noun
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plural -s

Definition of marcescent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant that has marcescent parts

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History and Etymology for marcescent

Adjective

Latin marcescent-, marcescens, present participle of marcescere to wither, inchoative from marcēre to wither; akin to Middle High German mern to dip bread in wine or water, Middle Irish mraich, braich malt, and probably to Greek marainein to waste away

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