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effleurage

[ef-luh-rahzh] /ˌɛf ləˈrɑʒ/
noun
1.
a delicate stroking motion in massage.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < French, equivalent to effleur(er) (to) stroke as one would a flower (i.e., lightly; see ef-, flower) + -age -age
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effleurage

/ˌɛflɜːˈrɑːʒ/
noun
1.
a light stroking technique used in massage
verb
2.
(intransitive) to massage using this movement
Word Origin
C19: from French effleurer to stroke lightly
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Word Origin and History for effleurage
n.

1886, from French effleurage, from effleurer "to touch lightly."

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