floruit

floruit

[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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floruit (ˈflɒruːɪt)
 
vb
fl., Abbreviation: flor. (he or she) flourished: used to indicate the period when a historical figure, whose birth and death dates are unknown, was most active

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floruit
used now mainly in sense of "period during which a historical person's life work was done," 1843, from L., lit. "he flourished," third person singular perf. indic. of florere (see flourish). Usually in abbreviation fl.
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