Hypertext Webster Gateway: "excrescent"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Excrescent \Ex*cres"cent\, a. [L. excresens, -entis, p. pr. of
excrescere to grow out; ex out + crescere to grow. See
Growing out in an abnormal or morbid manner or as a

Expunge the whole, or lip the excrescent parts. --Pope.

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : forming an outgrowth (usually an excessive outgrowth)

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