- 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 lactēscēns lactēscent- present participle of lactēscere inchoative of lactēre 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