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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -escent \-es"cent\ [From the ending -escens, -entis, of the p.
     pr. of inchoative verbs in Latin.]
     A suffix signifying beginning, beginning to be; as,
     adolescent, effervescent, etc.
     [1913 Webster]

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