marcescence

marcescent

[mahr-ses-uhnt]
adjective Botany.
withering but not falling off, as a part of a plant.

Origin:
1720–30; < Latin marcēscent-, stem of marcēscēns (present participle of marcēscere to wither, shrivel), equivalent to marc(ēre) to wither + -ēscent- -escent

marcescence, noun
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marcescent (mɑːˈsɛsənt)
 
adj
(of the parts of certain plants) remaining attached to the plant when withered
 
[C18: from Latin marcescere to grow weak, from marcēre to wither]
 
mar'cescence
 
n

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marcescent   (mär-sěs'ənt)  Pronunciation Key 
Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering. Many oaks have marcescent foliage that stays on the tree through winter.
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