by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Immarces’sible, a. unfading.

Word in the Wild: Only statues, gods and vampires can lay claim to immarcessible beauty.

The etymological origin of this term is an adaptation from the late Latin im- (negative prefix) + marcēscĕre (to fade or whither). The OED provides the Vest-Pocket spelling, but indicates that it is an erroneous spelling of the correct immarcescible.

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