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Saturday, April 30, 2011

effloresce

\ef-luh-RES\ , verb;
1.
to burst into bloom; blossom.
2.
Chemistry. a. to change either throughout or on the surface to a mealy or powdery substance upon exposure to air, as a crystalline substance through loss of water of crystallization. b. to become incrusted or covered with crystals of salt or the like through evaporation or chemical change.
Quotes:
Remember that, whether for liberty or whether for love, passion effloresces in the human being—no matter when, where, or how—with every spring's return.
-- Grace King, "A Crippled Hope," 1893
…it would have been as impossible for such a feeling to find root, as it would be for myrtle trees to effloresce from a Duvillier periwig.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Devereux, 1829
Origin:
Effloresce derives from the Latin word for "flower," flōs. It entered English in the late 1700s.
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