One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Growing or shading into white.‘albescent mist’
- ‘When this white albescent strip is missing on either a brown or blue then it is a Smoky.’
- ‘Saturday's rain sluiced away the week's snowfall, which the balance of an albescent Sunday replaced.’
- ‘‘Lutescent ‘leaves will change from green to yellow, and ‘albescent‘leaves will turn from yellow to white.’’
- ‘Interestingly, another member of the H. ventricosa family, H. ventricosa ` Aureomarginata ’, has an edge that is albescent.’
- ‘Ricky's grin of recognition revealed a healthy complement of gleaming white dentition, all the more albescent in contrast to his swarthy visage.’
Early 18th century: from Latin albescere ‘become white’, from albus ‘white’.
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