Definition of nitent in English:

nitent

Pronunciation /ˈnʌɪt(ə)nt/

adjective

Botany
  • Shining; lustrous, glossy.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Lane (fl. 1600–1630). From classical Latin nitent-, nitēns shining, glossy, use as adjective of present participle of nitēre to shine (of uncertain origin; perhaps from the same Indo-European base as Early Irish niam (Irish niamh) brightness, beauty, Welsh nwyf vigour).