-escent [es′ənt]
[L -escens (gen. -escentis), prp. ending of inceptive or inchoative verbs in -escere] suffix forming adjectives
1. in the process of ____ing; starting to be, being, or becoming (as specified) [obsolescent]
2. giving off or reflecting light, or showing a play of color (as specified) [phosphorescent]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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