Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

(Late) Friday word: Flavescent

Flavescent, adj.

turning yellow; yellowish.


A few flavescent leaves, shed during delivery, fell to weaving the carpet that would be finished by nightfall. Patrick Chamoiseau, Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows, translated by Linda Coverdale, 1999

He followed the line of grouting that was flavescent with age and neglect. Gillian Slovo, Red Dust, 2000


Flavescent entered English in the mid-1800s. Its immediate source is the Latin present participial stem flāvescent- “becoming golden yellow, yellow” from the verb flāvescere “to become golden yellow, yellow.” The verb derives from the adjective flāvus “golden yellow, yellow.”

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Tags: adjective, f, latin, wordsmith: med_cat

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