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effleurage

[ef-luh-rahzh]
noun
  1. 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

noun
  1. a light stroking technique used in massage
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verb
  1. (intr) to massage using this movement
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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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