Becoming white or moderately white; whitish.
[Latin albēscēns, albēscent-
, present participle of albēscere
, to become white
, from albus
; see albho-
in Indo-European roots
shading into, growing, or becoming white
[C19: from Latin albēscere to grow white, from albus white]
|Adj.||1.||albescent - becoming or shading into white |white
- being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light; "as white as fresh snow"; "a bride's white dress"