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

  • adj. Becoming putrid; putrefying.
  • adj. Of or relating to putrefaction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. becoming putrid; putrefying

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Becoming putrid or rotten.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the process of putrefaction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Becoming or growing putrid, or fetidly rotten; in course of putrefying; tainted with putrefaction or decay: as, putrescent flesh.
  • Of or pertaining to the process of putrefaction: as, a putrescent smell.

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

  • adj. becoming putrid

Etymologies

Latin putrēscēns, putrēscent-, present participle of putrēscere, to rot, inchoative of putrēre, to be rotten, from puter, putr-, rotten; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Attested since circa 1730, from Latin putrescens, present participle of putresco. (Wiktionary)

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