1. Beginning to be; becoming: juvenescent.
2. Characterized by; resembling: opalescent.
[French, from Old French, from Latin -ēscēns, -ēscent-, present participle suff. of inchoative verbs in -ēscere.]
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suffix forming adjectives
beginning to be, do, show, etc: convalescent; luminescent.
[via Old French from Latin -ēscent-, stem of present participial suffix of -ēscere, ending of inceptive verbs]
-escence suffix forming nouns
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a suffix of adjectives borrowed from Latin, where it had an inchoative force (convalescent; recrudescent); also used with the sense “giving off light" of the kind or in the manner specified ( fluorescent; iridescent).
[< Latin, s. of -ēscēns, present participle ending (see -esce, -ent); in sense “giving off light,” probably extracted from incandescent]
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