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[flaw-res-uh ns, floh-, fluh-] /flɔˈrɛs əns, floʊ-, flə-/
the act, state, or period of flowering; bloom.
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 forms
florescent, adjective
reflorescence, noun
Can be confused
florescence, fluorescence. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for florescent
  • Most people today read by florescent light, which is similarly bad for the eyes.
  • The dining room was greenish under florescent light, empty but for two tables, one of those empty but for spent pitchers of wine.
  • For them, it's using tap water and swapping out incandescent light bulbs for florescent.
  • Try writing with florescent lighting turned off and only sunlight.
  • Today's systems use florescent tags attached to molecules.
  • Also these compact florescent light bulbs do not give off the light they claim, nor do the last as long.
British Dictionary definitions for florescent


the process, state, or period of flowering
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin flōrēscentia, from Latin flōrēscere to come into flower
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Word Origin and History for florescent

1821, from Latin florescentem, present participle of florescere (see 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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