One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Paleness; whiteness; the quality or fact of being or becoming white or pale.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Acta Germanica. From post-classical Latin albescentia from classical Latin albēscent-, present participial stem of albēscere to become white, to become light in colour, to become bright + -ia; compare -ence, -escence.
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