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of a plant part
: withering without falling off
marcescent leaves


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plural -s
: a plant that has marcescent parts

Word History



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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“Marcescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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