excrescent

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin excrēscēns, present participle of excrēscō.

NounEdit

excrescent (plural excrescents)

  1. Something growing, usually abnormally, out of something else.
  2. (phonetics) A sound in a word without etymological reason.
    "B" in "nimble" is an excrescent.

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AdjectiveEdit

excrescent (comparative more excrescent, superlative most excrescent)

  1. Growing out in an abnormal or morbid manner or as a superfluity.
    • (Can we date this quote by Alexander Pope and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Expunge the whole, or lop th' excrescent parts.