- the state or a period of flowering.
- an example or result of growth and development: These works are the efflorescence of his genius.
- the act or process of efflorescing.
- the resulting powdery substance or incrustation.
- Pathology. a rash or eruption of the skin.
Origin of efflorescence
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Examples from the Web for efflorescence
And all this efflorescence of sacred splendour was created, little by little, by her deft fingers.The Dream
Commerce, then, is merely 'the efflorescence of our agriculture.'The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)
The efflorescence and sore-throat were often met with separately.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
The surfaces of the slates were covered with an efflorescence of alum and sulphur.
The time for the efflorescence of some of the faculties is in early youth.In the School-Room
John S. Hart
- a bursting forth or flowering
- chem geology
- the process of efflorescing
- the powdery substance formed as a result of this process, esp on the surface of rocks
- any skin rash or eruption
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Word Origin and History for efflorescence
1620s, from French efflorescence, from Latin efflorescentem (nominative efflorescens), present participle of efflorescere (see effloresce).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A whitish, powdery deposit on the surface of rocks or soil in dry regions. It is formed as mineral-rich water rises to the surface through capillary action and then evaporates. Efflorescence usually consists of gypsum, salt, or calcite.
- See anthesis.
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