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Botany Withering but not falling off: marcescent leaves.

[Latin marcēscēns, marcēscent-, past participle of marcēscere, inchoative of marcēre, to wither.]
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(Botany) (of the parts of certain plants) remaining attached to the plant when withered
[C18: from Latin marcescere to grow weak, from marcēre to wither]
marˈcescence n
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(mɑrˈsɛs ənt)

withering but not falling off, as a part of a plant.
[1720–30; < Latin marcēscent-, s. of marcēscēns=marc(ēre) to wither + -ēscent- -escent]
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- Describes leaves that wither but remain attached to the stem.
See also related terms for remain.
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