lactescency

lactescent

[lak-tes-uhnt]
adjective
1.
becoming or being milky.
2.
Botany, Entomology. secreting or producing a milky juice.

Origin:
1660–70; < Latin lactēscent- (stem of lactēscēns), present participle of lactēscere to turn into milk, produce milk. See lact-, -escent

lactescence, lactescency, noun
nonlactescent, adjective
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lactescent (lækˈtɛsənt)
 
adj
1.  (of plants and certain insects) secreting a milky fluid
2.  milky or becoming milky
 
[C18: from Latin lactescēns, from lactescēre to become milky, from lact-, lac milk]
 
lac'tescence
 
n

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lactescent lac·tes·cent (lāk-těs'ənt)
adj.

  1. Becoming milky.

  2. Milky.

  3. Secreting or yielding a milky juice, as certain plants and insects.

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