One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Capable of or susceptible to being turned into glass.‘the tartar is rendered more vitrescent by the borax’
- ‘The quality or state of being vitreous; glassiness, or the quality of being vitrescent; capability of conversion into glass; susceptibility of being formed into glass.’
- ‘Lighter shades of bricks, including for instance gray and ivory, have been shown to produce more of a greenish vitrescent marking.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin vitrum ‘glass’ + -escent.
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