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[lak-tes-uh nt] /lækˈtɛs ənt/

becoming or being milky.
Botany, Entomology. secreting or producing a milky juice.
(of plants and certain insects) secreting a milky fluid
milky or becoming milky

lactescent lac·tes·cent (lāk-těs’ənt)


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