from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Botany Withering but not falling off.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Withering; fading; decaying.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) Withering without falling off; fading; decaying.

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  • adjective botany, of an organ Withered, but still attached.
  • adjective mycology Able to revive when moistened.


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

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

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From Latin marcescens, present participle of marcescere


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  • When Eros has had his vernal fling

    The blossom wilts but still will cling.

    That bloom senescent

    Will droop marcescent,

    Abiding the Winter in dreams of Spring.

    February 28, 2015