adjective Etymology: Latin canescent-, canescens, present participle of canescere, inchoative of canēre to be gray, be white, from canus white, hoary — more at hare Date: circa 1828 growing white, whitish, or hoary; especially having a fine grayish-white pubescence <
canescent leaves

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  • Canescent — Ca*nes cent, a. [L. canescens, p. pr. of canescere, v. inchoative of canere to be white.] Growing white, or assuming a color approaching to white. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canescent — Canescent, weißlich grau; canesciren, lat. canescere, grau werden …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • canescent — [kə nes′ənt] adj. [L canescens, prp. of canescere, to become white < canere, to be white < canus, hoary: see HARE] 1. becoming white or grayish 2. covered with a white or grayish down, as some leaves …   English World dictionary

  • canescent — adjective 1. of greyish white the canescent moon • Similar to: ↑achromatic, ↑neutral 2. covered with fine whitish hairs or down • Syn: ↑hoary • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • canescent — canescence, n. /keuh nes euhnt/, adj. covered with whitish or grayish pubescence, as certain plants. [1840 50; < L canescent s. of canescens, prp. of canescere to grow gray, equiv. to can(us) gray + escent ESCENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • canescent — ca•nes•cent [[t]kəˈnɛs ənt[/t]] adj. bot covered with whitish or grayish down, as certain plants • Etymology: 1840–50; < L cānēscent , s. of cānēscēns, prp. of cānēscere to grow gray, der. of cānus gray ca•nes′cence, n …   From formal English to slang

  • canescent — adjective a) turning white or gray b) covered with short white or gray hairs; hoary See Also: canescence …   Wiktionary

  • canescent — ca·nes·cent (kə nesґənt) [L. canus gray] 1. becoming white or grayish. 2. in biology, having grayish or whitish hairs or down; hoary …   Medical dictionary

  • canescent — adj. full with short whitish or grayish hairs, hoary (Biology); grayish white …   English contemporary dictionary

  • canescent —   Gray or white in color due to a covering of short, fine, gray or white hairs, e.g. the male cones of Zamia cupatiensis …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

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