effleurage

[ef-luh-rahzh]

noun

a delicate stroking motion in massage.

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

noun

a light stroking technique used in massage

verb

(intr) to massage using this movement

Word Origin for effleurage

C19: from French effleurer to stroke lightly
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Word Origin and History for effleurage
n.

1886, from French effleurage, from effleurer "to touch lightly."

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