from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Becoming green.
  • adj. Somewhat green; greenish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Green-like, greenish.
  • adj. Becoming green.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Beginning to be green; slightly green; greenish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Greenish; slightly green; turning or becoming green.


Latin virēscēns, virēscent-, present participle of virēscere, to become green, inchoative of virēre, to be green.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Circa 1825, from Latin virescens, present participle of virescere ("to become green"), from virere ("to be green") (Wiktionary)


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