Excrescent letter
Excrescent Ex*cres"cent, a. [L. excresens, -entis, p. pr. of excrescere to grow out; ex out + crescere to grow. See {Crescent}.] Growing out in an abnormal or morbid manner or as a superfluity. [1913 Webster]

Expunge the whole, or lip the excrescent parts. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

{Excrescent letter} (Philol.), a letter which has been added to a root; as, the d in alder (AS. alr) is an excrescent letter. [1913 Webster]


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  • Excrescent — Ex*cres cent, a. [L. excresens, entis, p. pr. of excrescere to grow out; ex out + crescere to grow. See {Crescent}.] Growing out in an abnormal or morbid manner or as a superfluity. [1913 Webster] Expunge the whole, or lip the excrescent parts.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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