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[ser-kuhm-floo-uh nt] /sərˈkʌm flu ənt/
flowing around; encompassing.
Origin of circumfluent
First recorded in 1570-80, circumfluent is from the Latin word circumfluent- (stem of circumfluēns, present participle of circumfluere to flow around). See circum-, fluent
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circumfluence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The salival glands drink up a certain fluid from the circumfluent blood, and pour it into the mouth.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Erasmus Darwin
  • Philosophers have their disputes also concerning the center of the world and the circumfluent water.

  • Here were gathered people who worked always in that circumfluent inspiration, that murmur of liberty, that whisper of humanity.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • Like Homer he looked upon the habitable world (οἰκουμένη) as being circular in outline and bounded by a circumfluent river.

Word Origin and History for circumfluent

1570s, from Latin circumfluentem (nominative circumfluens), present participle of circumfluere "to flow around," from circum- (see circum-) + fluere (see fluent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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