(botany) Withering but not falling off.
(bot.) Withering but not falling off.
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.
(mycology) Able to revive when moistened.
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