MEANING: adjective: Withering without falling off.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin marcescent- (beginning to wither), present participle of marcescere (to wither), from marcere (to wither). Earliest documented use: 1727.

MARCHESCENT - growing later in the Spring

MARCIE'S CENT - that little girl in the Peanuts comic strip has a penny

MARESCENT - how a stallion can tell when a horse is in heat