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[flaw-res-uh ns, floh-, fluh-]
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  1. the act, state, or period of flowering; bloom.
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Origin of florescence

1785–95; < Latin flōrēsc(ēns) (present participle of flōrēscere to begin blooming, inchoative derivative of flōrēre to bloom, derivative of flōs flower) + -ence
Related formsflo·res·cent, adjectivere·flo·res·cence, noun
Can be confusedflorescence fluorescence
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Historical Examples

  • It is possible that it is a florescence not merely of the author's genius, but of his sickness.

    Essays on Russian Novelists

    William Lyon Phelps

  • In the work of Sir Walter Scott this form of literature attained its florescence.

  • It was like a florescence of that dear belated creature whose mind had been awakened by his affection.

  • The sun's rays poured over it, and life blazed there in a florescence of health and beauty.


    Emile Zola

  • She was completing the appointed work; and motherliness, at last awakened within her, was blossoming in a florescence of love.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for florescence


  1. the process, state, or period of flowering
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin flōrēscentia, from Latin flōrēscere to come into flower
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Word Origin and History for florescence


1793, from Modern Latin florescentia, from Latin florescentem (nominative florescens) "blooming," present participle of florescere "to begin to bloom," inceptive of florere "to blossom" (see flourish (v.)).

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