Definition of marcescent in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɑːˈsɛs(ə)nt/


(Of a leaf or frond) withering but remaining attached to the stem.
Example sentences
  • After tertiary capitula ripened, cauline leaves senesced and remained marcescent on the stems.
  • Several trees normally have marcescent leaves such as oak (Quercus), beech (Fagus) and hornbeam (Carpinus).
  • There seems to be no evidence that marcescent leaves provide additional cold protection.



Example sentences
  • Legend notwithstanding, the ecological causes and consequences of marcescence are not well understood.
  • Marcescence is considered a juvenile characteristic because it is more common on younger trees and on the lower, more juvenile, parts of older trees.


Early 18th century: from Latin marcescent- 'beginning to wither', from marcere 'wither'.

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