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[dif-loo-uh nt]
  1. tending to flow off or away.
  2. easily dissolving.
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Origin of diffluent

1610–20; < Latin diffluent- (stem of diffluēns, present participle of diffluere), equivalent to dif- dif- + fluent- flowing; see fluent
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  • Diffluent, said of the gills when they dissolve into a fluid.

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

    George Francis Atkinson

  • The diffluent imagination is another general form, but one that is completely opposed to the foregoing.

  • Thus the diffluent imagination is, trait for trait, the opposite of the plastic imagination.

  • Here we come away from the vague forms; the diffluent imagination becomes substantial and asserts itself through its permanence.

  • To sum up—In this form of the diffluent imagination the emotional factor exercises supreme authority.