Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Turning sour; readily becoming tart or acid; slightly sour.
  • n. A substance liable to become sour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Turning sour; readily becoming tart or acid; slightly sour.
  • n. A substance liable to become sour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Turning sour; becoming tart or acid by spontaneous decomposition, as vegetable or animal juices or infusions; hence, slightly sour; acidulous; subacid.

Etymologies

Latin acescens, acescentis, present participle of acescere to turn sour; inchoative of acere to be sour: compare French acescent. See acid (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A common cause of cramp is indigestion, and the use of acescent liquors; these should be avoided.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • Being cut into pieces, and pressed close in a tub with aromatic herbs and salt, so as to undergo an acescent fermentation (which is [75] arrested at that stage), Cabbages form the German _Saurkraut_, which is strongly recommended against scurvy.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • His first thought was to throw it away; but, his master coming up, he mixed this now acescent dough with some fresh dough, which he was working at.

    The Book of Household Management

  • Thus in paste composed of flour and water, which has been suffered to become acescent, the animalcules called eels, vibrio anguillula, are seen in great abundance; their motions are rapid and strong; they are viviparous, and produce at intervals

    Note I

  • Might not the covering the face assiduously and exactly with plasters, as with cerate of calamy, or with minium plaster, by precluding the air from the pustules, prevent their contracting a contagious, or acescent, or fever-producing power? and the secondary fever be thus prevented entirely.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Thus in paste composed of flour and water, which has been suffered to become acescent, the animalcules called eels, vibrio anguillula, are seen in great abundance; their motions are rapid and strong; they are viviparous, and produce at intervals a numerous progeny: animals similar to these are also found in vinegar; Naturalist's Miscellany by

    The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society A Poem, with Philosophical Notes

  • I suppose when the stomach becomes inirritable, that there is at the same time a deficiency of gastric acid; hence milk seldom agrees with these patients, unless it be previously curdled, as they have not sufficient gastric acid to curdle it; and hence vegetable food, which is itself acescent, will agree with their stomachs longer than animal food, which requires more of the gastric acid for its digestion.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Such is the construction of animal bodies, that all their parts, which are subjected to less stimuli than nature designed, perform their functions with less accuracy: thus, when too watery or too acescent food is taken into the stomach, indigestion, and flatulency, and heartburn succeed.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • From these facts it appears that the flower-bud after the corol falls off, (which is its lungs,) and the stamens and nectary along with it, becomes simply an uterus for the purpose of supplying the growing embryon with nourishment, together with a system of absorbent vessels which bring the juices of the earth to the footstalk of the fruit, and which there changes into an artery for the purpose of distributing the sap for the secretion of the saccharine or farinaceous or acescent materials for the use of the embryon.

    The Botanic Garden A Poem in Two Parts. Part 1: the Economy of Vegetation

  • In like manner the pericarpium, or womb of the flower, continues to secrete its proper juices for the present nourishment of the newly animated embryon-seed; and the saccharine, acescent, or starchy matter of the fruit or seed - lobes for its future growth; in the same manner as these things went on before fecundation; that is, without any circulation of juices in the petals, or production of honey in the nectary; these having perished and fallen off with the male and female apparatus for impregnation.

    The Botanic Garden A Poem in Two Parts. Part 1: the Economy of Vegetation

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  • JM is becoming, or tending to be, an acescent person hater.

    October 5, 2010