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From Latin efflōrescere.



effloresce (third-person singular simple present effloresces, present participle efflorescing, simple past and past participle effloresced)

  1. To burst into bloom; to flower.
  2. (figuratively) To come forth, to reach full glory or power.
    • 2012, Michael Silverstein, ‘The [] walked down the street’, London Review of Books, vol. 34 no. 21:
      Ferdinand de Saussure, who died in 1913 at the age of 55, sowed the seeds of structuralist thought that first took root in linguistics, then effloresced throughout the 20th century in fields as seemingly distinct as literary criticism, architecture, social anthropology and psychoanalysis.
  3. (chemistry) To change from being crystalline to being powdery by losing water of crystallization.
  4. To become covered with powder.

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