[floh-roo-it; English flawr-yoo-it, flohr-, flor-]

noun Latin.

he (or she) flourished: used to indicate the period during which a person flourished, especially when the exact birth and death dates are unknown. Abbreviation: fl., flor.

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(he or she) flourished: used to indicate the period when a historical figure, whose birth and death dates are unknown, was most activeAbbreviation: fl ., flor .
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used now mainly in sense of "period during which a historical person's life work was done," 1843, Latin, literally "he flourished," third person singular perf. indicative of florere (see flourish (v.)). Usually in abbreviation fl.

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