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Monday, June 17, 2013

phosphoresce

\fos-fuh-RES\ , verb;
1.
to be luminous without sensible heat, as phosphorus.
Quotes:
Maybe it's the gloomy dark, the phosphoresce from the glubbing aquarium. But mostly it's the way Coach's eyes seem to vibrate when she looks at me, pupils like nail heads.
-- Megan Abbott, Dare Me, 2012
From the boulevard they turned towards the pavilion, and for a long time gazed at the phosphorescent sea. Von Koren began to explain what made it phosphoresce.
-- Anton Chekhov, The Duel, 1891
Origin:
Phosphoresce came to English in the late-1700s from the Greek Phosphoros meaning "morning star," or literally "torchbearer."
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