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1. Biology Covered with short, fine whitish or grayish hairs or down; hoary.
2. Turning white or grayish.

[Latin cānēscēns, cānēscent-, present participle of cānēscere, inchoative of cānēre, to be white, from cānus, white; see kas- in Indo-European roots.]

ca·nes′cence n.


1. (Biology) biology white or greyish due to the presence of numerous short white hairs
2. becoming hoary, white, or greyish
[C19: from Latin cānescere to grow white, become hoary, from cānēre to be white]
caˈnescence n


(kəˈnɛs ənt)

covered with whitish or grayish down, as certain plants.
[1840–50; < Latin cānēscent-, s. of cānēscēns, present participle of cānēscere to grow gray, derivative of cānus gray]
ca•nes′cence, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.canescent - of greyish white; "the canescent moon"
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"
2.canescent - covered with fine whitish hairs or down
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"