Effloresce Definition

effloresced, effloresces, efflorescing
effloresced, efflorescing
To blossom out; flower; bloom.
Webster's New World
To develop or flourish.
When the arts effloresced.
American Heritage
To change from a crystalline to a powdery state through loss of the water of crystallization when exposed to air.
Webster's New World
To develop a powdery crust as a result of evaporation or chemical change.
Webster's New World
To become covered with a powdery deposit.
American Heritage

Origin of Effloresce

  • Latin efflōrēscere ex- ex- flōrēscere inchoative of flōrēre to blossom (from flōs flōr- flower bhel-3 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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