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[mahr-ses-uh nt] /mɑrˈsɛs ənt/
adjective, Botany.
withering but not falling off, as a part of a plant.
Origin of marcescent
1720-30; < Latin marcēscent-, stem of marcēscēns (present participle of marcēscere to wither, shrivel), equivalent to marc(ēre) to wither + -ēscent- -escent
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marcescence, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for marcescent


(of the parts of certain plants) remaining attached to the plant when withered
Derived Forms
marcescence, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin marcescere to grow weak, from marcēre to wither
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Word Origin and History for marcescent

"withering," 1727, from Latin marcescentem (nominative marcescens), present participle of marcescere "to wither, languish, droop, decay, pine away," inchoative of marcere "to wither, droop, be faint," from PIE root *merk- "to decay."

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marcescent in Science
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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