Marcescent definition

mär-sĕsənt
(botany) Withering but not falling off.

Marcescent leaves.

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(bot.) Withering but not falling off.
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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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(botany, of an organ, such as a leaf or blossom; rarely also used figuratively) Withered, but still attached.
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(mycology) Able to revive when moistened.
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Origin of marcescent

  • Latin marcēscēns marcēscent- past participle of marcēscere inchoative of marcēre to wither

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin marcescens, present participle of marcescere

    From Wiktionary