- becoming milky
- of a milky appearance
- secreting milk
- forming or exuding a milky fluid: said of certain plants
Origin of lactescentClassical Latin lactescens, present participle of lactescere, to turn into milk ; from lactare: see lactate
- Botany Secreting or yielding a milky sap.
Origin of lactescentLatin lact&emacron;sc&emacron;ns, lact&emacron;scent-, present participle of lact&emacron;scere, inchoative of lact&emacron;re, to be milky, from lac, lact-, milk; see melg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more lactescent, superlative most lactescent)
From Latin lactescens, present participle of lactescere