- becoming white or grayish
- covered with a white or grayish down, as some leaves
Origin of canescentClassical Latin canescens, present participle of canescere, to become white from canere, to be white from canus, hoary: see hare
- Biology Covered with short, fine whitish or grayish hairs or down; hoary.
- Turning white or grayish.
Origin of canescentLatin cānēscēns cānēscent- present participle of cānēscere inchoative of cānēre to be white from cānus white ; see kas- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more canescent, superlative most canescent)
From Latin canescens, present participle of canescere (“to become gray or white”)