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Thursday, May 01, 2014


\ef-luh-RES\ , verb;
to burst into bloom; blossom.
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.
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
Effloresce derives from the Latin word for "flower," flōs. It entered English in the late 1700s.
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