verb (used without object), ef·flo·resced, ef·flo·resc·ing.
- to change either throughout or on the surface to a mealy or powdery substance upon exposure to air, as a crystalline substance through loss of water of crystallization.
- to become incrusted or covered with crystals of salt or the like through evaporation or chemical change.
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Somewhere at the foot of his brain, an understanding was beginning to effloresce with the sea's water, under the sun.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
The crystals may be purchased pure, but they effloresce in dry air with loss of water.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
But the broad principles will effloresce into all manner of perfectnesses and all fruits.Expositions of Holy Scripture|Alexander Maclaren
A great deal of chemical action then commences, salts of various kinds effloresce on the surface, and the mass becomes hard.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
The use of borax should be avoided, or it should be used sparingly, as it is apt to make the enamel effloresce and lose colour.