Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Biology Covered with short, fine whitish or grayish hairs or down; hoary.
  • adjective Turning white or grayish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Growing white or hoary; tending or approaching to white; whitish: applied to hoary, whitish pelage, plumage, or other covering of animals, and to plants with gray or hoary pubescence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Growing white, or assuming a color approaching to white.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective turning white or gray
  • adjective botany covered with short white or gray hairs; hoary

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of greyish white
  • adjective covered with fine whitish hairs or down

Etymologies

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

[Latin cānēscēns, cānēscent-, present participle of cānēscere, inchoative of cānēre, to be white, from cānus, white; see kas- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin canescens, present participle of canescere ("to become gray or white")

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