from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Becoming white or moderately white; whitish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Becoming white or whitish; moderately white.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Becoming white or whitish; moderately white.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Becoming white or whitish; moderately white; of a pale, hoary aspect; bleached; blanched.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. becoming or shading into white


Latin albēscēns, albēscent-, present participle of albēscere, to become white, from albus, white.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin albescens, present participle of albescere ("to grow white"), from albus ("white") (Wiktionary)


  • The same ancestor - Latin albus, alba, album - has issue in several English scions: alb, albedo, albescent, albumen, etc. ELVER AND ALBUM.

  • There the true gods led him to the subterranean pool where eyeless, albescent fish swam around the clutch of huge eggs, as hard as the finest armor, left there countless centuries past.

    Conan The Magnificent

  • Their breath hung in the air, their words made visible in albescent puffs, as connected as an island chain.

    The Miko

  • The passage let into a circular sanctorum, its albescent walls worked in intricate arabesques, its high vaulted ceiling held aloft by fluted alabaster columns.

    Conan The Unconquered

  • -- Above rusty brown; below rusty, more or less albescent; extremities pale, almost flesh-coloured; ears rather long; head rather elongated; tail equal to and sometimes exceeding head and body.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • -- Above ashy blue, slaty or pale mouse colour; albescent or yellowish ashy beneath; nasal appendage large, oblong, free at the tip, reaching to the base of the ears with a fold down the centre; tragus (_oreillon_) cordate, two-lobed, anterior long, narrow and pointed, posterior lobe half the height and rounded; muzzle truncated; under-lip cleft; wing membranes dark brown.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • Jerdon's description is "entire head iron-grey; orbits and base of ears deep orange fulvous; whole body above, with parachute and tail, a mixture of blackish and golden yellow; limbs deep orange ochreous; margin of parachute albescent; beneath the neck whitish; rest of the lower parts pale orange-red; tip of tail black; ears nearly nude; tail sub-distichous."

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • It chiefly differs in the croup being blue instead of snow-white; but as Mr. Blyth informs me, the tint varies, being sometimes albescent.

    The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I.

  • Several emblem of the signal measure are acquirable which are gleaming blue, hot red, tranquil albescent and elating yellow.

  • Passing finished the impediment was rattling such same the environs in The Wizard of Oz, when it went from black and albescent to pure colouration - exclusive in reverse.

    Planet Malaysia


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