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.
Origin of effloresce
Examples from the Web for effloresce
Unlike the generality of ugly heroines, you will not see me develop and effloresce into beauty toward the end of my story.Nancy|Rhoda Broughton
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
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
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
Do I, from scholar, effloresce into literary man, author by profession?