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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.]
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]
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]
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|Adj.||1.||canescent - of greyish white; "the canescent moon"|
|2.||canescent - covered with fine whitish hairs or down|