American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Becoming green.
- adj. Somewhat green; greenish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Greenish; slightly green; turning or becoming green.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Beginning to be green; slightly green; greenish.
- Circa 1825, from Latin virescens, present participle of virescere ("to become green"), from virere ("to be green") (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“On our long drive from the border to Irbil, we passed throngs of families moving in the opposite direction: they were fleeing to the brilliant virescent cliffs of the Hasarost Mountains northeast of the city, where, they believed, they would be safer in case Iraqi soldiers encamped on the west bank of the Great Zab River were to launch a chemical strike against Irbil.”
“Between them stood a table covered with green baize, which, reflecting upwards a band of sunlight shining across the chamber, flung upon his already white features the virescent hues of death.”
“It was enclosed by low hills whose sides were covered with the tree-ferns; their feathery fronds clothed them as though they were the breasts of gigantic birds of Paradise; threw themselves up from them like fountains; soared over them like vast virescent wings.”
“As he dropped, Flinx marveled through the port at the virescent surface.”
“It was that of a talus larger than the largest Auk had ever seen; its virescent bronze face was cast in a grimace of hate, blinding yellow light glared from its eyes, and the oily black barrels of a flamer and a pair of buzz guns jutted from its open mouth.”
“In this case the petals were virescent, and the stamens and pistils were entirely absent, hence in truth, the so-called flower more nearly resembled a branch.”
“Some partially virescent honeysuckle flowers have a similar structure.”
“The several floral parts are here, some virescent, others truly foliaceous, and each whorl is separated from its neighbour by a rather long internode.”
“_Colchicum autumnale_, in which the perianth was virescent, says that, although the stamens were present, the pistil was absent.”
“In an Indian species of _Triumfetta_, not only were the petals virescent, but the ovary also was much enlarged, and in some flowers it was divided half way down into five lanceolate leaves (fig. 139), the sepals and stamens being in their normal condition.”
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