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Botany Withering but not falling off: marcescent leaves.

[Latin marcēscēns, marcēscent-, past participle of marcēscere, inchoative of marcēre, to wither.]


(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


(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]


- Describes leaves that wither but remain attached to the stem.
See also related terms for remain.
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His abduction of the frail, laudanum over-dosed and addicted, forty-year-old, marcescent spinster of Wimpole Street was his apogee, and it has been so ceaselessly replicated theatrically and filmically as to have become a virtual folkloric stereotype.
ABSTRACT: Presence of marcescent leaves during winter is a common phenomenon in northern-temperate deciduous forests across the Holarctic, but the ecological significance of marcescence on woody vegetation has received little attention.
Keywords: beech, Cervidae, deer, food quality, food selection, foraging ecology, hornbeam, marcescent leaves, oak, plant defenses, plant-herbivore interactions
During winter, presence of marcescent leaves (senescent leaves still attached to the branches), on beech, hornbeam, and common oak is a striking phenomenon of hardwood forests in northern Europe.