[mahr-ses-uh nt] /mɑrˈsɛs ənt/

adjective, Botany.
withering but not falling off, as a part of a plant.
(of the parts of certain plants) remaining attached to the plant when withered

“withering,” 1727, from Latin marcescentem (nominative marcescens), present participle of marcescere “to wither, languish, droop, decay, pine away,” inchoative of marcere “to wither, droop, be faint,” from PIE root *merk- “to decay.”
Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering. Many oaks have marcescent foliage that stays on the tree through winter.


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