glabrescent

[gley-bres-uhnt]
adjective Botany.
becoming glabrous.

Origin:
1855–60; < Latin glabrēscent- (stem of glabrēscēns, present participle of glabrēscere to become smooth), equivalent to glabr-, stem of glaber smooth + -ēscent- -escent

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glabrescent (ɡleɪˈbrɛsənt)
 
adj
1.  becoming hairless at maturity: glabrescent stems
2.  nearly hairless
 
[C19: from Latin glabrescere to become smooth]

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The herbage is grayish green to glaucous, often purplish tinged, and villous to glabrescent.
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