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

  • adj. Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Withered, but still attached.
  • adj. Able to revive when moistened.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Withering without falling off; fading; decaying.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Withering; fading; decaying.


Latin marcēscēns, marcēscent-, past participle of marcēscere, inchoative of marcēre, to wither.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin marcescens, present participle of marcescere (Wiktionary)


  • Tremulous took the place of a brother's name, and yesterday, when he blanked on the cities where he grew up, he learned the meanings of lambent and marcescent.

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  • “I, with my tremulous legs and marcescent arms, still love the garden's lambent light.”

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  • "But, " she answered, -granting that Mon Cul is a remarkable creature, that he is the elder statesman among monkeys, that his marcescent eyelids have opened upon sights and splendors about which the most romantic among us only dream, granting that, do not all wild animals have dignity?

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  • These brown and tan, dead-looking marcescent leaves cling to branches until newly emerging growth pushes them off in spring.

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  • When Eros has had his vernal fling
    The blossom wilts but still will cling.
    That bloom senescent
    Will droop marcescent,
    Abiding the Winter in dreams of Spring.

    February 28, 2015