- to burst into bloom; blossom.
- 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.
Origin of effloresce
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Examples from the Web for effloresce
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
Love of a kind there was, but it was too matter-of-fact and practical in its nature to effloresce into sentimentality.Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)
Burleigh James Bartlett
In that time they begin to effloresce, and to throw out a reddish matter on their surface.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.
Pierre Joseph Macquer
Unlike the generality of ugly heroines, you will not see me develop and effloresce into beauty toward the end of my story.Nancy
Do I, from scholar, effloresce into literary man, author by profession?
- to burst forth into or as if into flower; bloom
- to become powdery by loss of water or crystallization
- to become encrusted with powder or crystals as a result of chemical change or the evaporation of a solution
C18: from Latin efflōrēscere to blossom, from flōrēscere, from flōs flower
Word Origin and History for effloresce
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To blossom; bloom.
- To become a powder by losing water of crystallization, as when a hydrated crystal is exposed to air.
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