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1. giving off sparks when struck, as a flint
2. capable of bursting into flame
an ignescent substance
[C19: from Latin ignescere to become inflamed]


(ɪgˈnɛs ənt)

1. emitting sparks of fire.
2. bursting into flame.
[1820–30; < Latin ignēscent-, s. of ignēscēns, present participle of ignēscere to catch fire, derivative of ignis fire; see -escent]
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Adj.1.ignescent - can emit sparks or burst into flame
combustible - capable of igniting and burning
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