• Something, usually abnormal, which grows out of something else.
  • A disfiguring or unwanted mark or adjunct.
  • The epenthesis of a consonant, e.g., warmth as [ˈwɔrmpθ] (adding a [p] between [m] and [θ]), or -t.


Narrower meaning words

  • linking consonant


  • From Middle English, early 15th century, in sense “(action of) growing out (of something else)”. Borrowed from Latin excrescentia ("abnormal growths"), from excrescentem, from excrescere, from ex- (English ex-) + crescere (English crescent). Sense of “abnormal growth” from 1570s, from earlier excrescency (1540s in this sense).

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