- in the process of ____ing; starting to be, being, or becoming (as specified): obsolescent
- giving off or reflecting light, or showing a play of color (as specified): phosphorescent
Origin of -escentClassical Latin -escens (gen. -escentis), present participle ending of inceptive or inchoative verbs in -escere
- Beginning to be; becoming: juvenescent.
- Characterized by; resembling: opalescent.
Origin of -escentFrench, from Old French, from Latin -&emacron;sc&emacron;ns, -&emacron;scent-, present participle suff. of inchoative verbs in -&emacron;scere.
Latin -escent, form of -ēscō (“I become”).