Lac*tes"cent (?), a. [L. lactescens, p. pr. of lactescere to turn to milk, incho. fr. lactere to be milky, fr. lac, lactis, milk: cf. F. lactescent.]

1.

Having a milky look; becoming milky.

[Obs.]

2. Bot.

Producing milk or a milklike juice or fluid, as the milkweed. See Latex.

 

© Webster 1913.

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