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effleurage

[ ef-luh-rahzh ]
/ ˌɛf ləˈrɑʒ /
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noun

a delicate stroking motion in massage.

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Origin of effleurage

1885–90; <French, equivalent to effleur(er) (to) stroke as one would a flower (i.e., lightly; see ef-, flower) + -age-age
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British Dictionary definitions for effleurage

effleurage
/ (ˌɛflɜːˈrɑːʒ) /

noun

a light stroking technique used in massage

verb

(intr) to massage using this movement
C19: from French effleurer to stroke lightly
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