American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An outgrowth or enlargement, especially an abnormal one, such as a wart.
- n. A usually unwanted or unnecessary accretion: "Independent agencies were an excrescence on the Constitution” ( Los Angeles Times).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abnormal superficial growth or appendage, as a wart or tubercle; anything which grows unnaturally, and without organic use, out of something else, as nutgalls; hence, a superfluity; a disfiguring addition.
- n. Figuratively, an extravagant or excessive outbreak: as, “excrescences of joy,”
- n. Something, usually abnormal, which grows out of something else.
- n. A disfiguring or unwanted mark or adjunct
- n. phonetics epenthesis of a consonant
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An excrescent appendage, as, a wart or tumor; anything growing out unnaturally from anything else; a preternatural or morbid development; hence, a troublesome superfluity; an incumbrance.
- n. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
- n. (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part of the body
- Middle English, from Latin excrēscentia, from neuter pl. of excrēscēns, excrēscent-, present participle of excrēscere, to grow out : ex-, ex- + crēscere, to grow; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Let us also note that the lower pole expands into the umbilical excrescence, which is less easy of perforation than those parts protected by the skin alone.”
“During the first year he has no horns, but a horny excrescence, which is short and rough, and covered with a thin hairy skin.”
“Directly across Tremont Street from the corner where I stood was the entrance to the Old Burying Ground, which occupies a kind of excrescence of land off Boston Common-that is, the area is attached but not a part of the Common proper.”
“In Sussex, the peculiar excrescence which is often found on the”
“Only in the north-west corner was a little place jutting out from the great wall, a kind of excrescence or loop, no doubt used in the old distrustful days for observation, where it was possible to sit really unseen, because between it and the house was a thick clump of daphne.”
“Only the north-west corner was a little place jutting out from the great wall, a kind of excrescence or loop, no doubt used in the old distrustful days for observation, where it was possible to sit really unseen, because between it and the house was a thick clump of daphne.”
“The egg of the bird breaks clumsily under the blows of a wart-like excrescence which is formed expressly upon the beak of the unborn bird; the egg of the Cricket, of a far superior structure, opens like an ivory casket.”
“But the vegetable substance in which the gallic acid most abounds is _nutgall_, a kind of excrescence that grows on oaks, and from which the acid is commonly obtained for its various purposes.”
“She brings with her the excrescence which is found upon the forehead of a new-cast foal, of the size of a dried fig, and which unless first eaten by the mare, the mother never admits her young to the nourishment of her milk.”
“Tree immediately, and to be a kind of excrescence, or a substance distinct from the substances of the entire Tree, something _analogus_ to the”
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