One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Growing on or in close proximity to the surface of something; (of two surfaces) growing in close proximity.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Evelyn (1620–1706), diarist and writer. From classical Latin adnāscent-, adnāscēns, present participle of adnāscī (also adgnāscī, agnāscī) to grow later or as an addition (to), to grow on from ad- + nāsci to be born. Compare earlier adnascence, adnascency.
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