Definition of purpurescent in US English:

purpurescent

adjective

rare
  • = purpurascent.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. From classical Latin purpura purple + -escent. Compare post-classical Latin purpurescens; the equivalent classical Latin word was purpurāscēns.

Pronunciation

purpurescent

/ˌpəːpjʊˈrɛsnt/