effloresce VERB 1) (of a substance) lose moisture and turn to a fine powder on exposure to air. 2) (of salts) come to the surface of brickwork or other material and crystallize. 3) reach an optimum stage of development.
DERIVATIVES efflorescence noun efflorescent adjective.
ORIGIN Latin efflorescere, from florescere 'begin to bloom' .

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  • efflorescent — efflorescent, ente [ eflɔresɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1755; lat. sc. efflorescens → efflorescence 1 ♦ Chim. En efflorescence; couvert de sels en efflorescence. ♢ Bot. Couvert de pruine. 2 ♦ En pleine floraison, luxuriant. Fig. Le produit « touffu, hérissé …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Efflorescent — Ef flo*res cent, a. [F. efflorescent, L. efflorescens, entis, blooming, p. pr. of efflorescere. See {Effloresce}, v. i.] 1. That effloresces, or is liable to effloresce on exposure; as, an efflorescent salt. [1913 Webster] 2. Covered with an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • efflorescent — efflorescent, ente (èf flo rè ssan, ssan t ) adj. 1°   Terme de botanique. Qui est en voie de floraison. Plantes efflorescentes. 2°   Terme de chimie. Qui tombe en efflorescence. Sels efflorescents, sels qui à l air perdent tout ou partie de leur …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • efflorescent — 1818, from L. efflorescentem (nom. efflorescens), prp. of efflorescere (see EFFLORESCE (Cf. effloresce)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • efflorescent — /ef leuh res euhnt/, adj. 1. efflorescing; blossoming. 2. Chem. a. subject to efflorescence. b. covered with or forming an efflorescence. [1810 20; < L efflorescent (s. of efflorescens), prp. of efflorescere to EFFLORESCE; see ENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • efflorescent — adjective see efflorescence …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • EFFLORESCENT — ENTE. adj. T. de Chimie et de Minéralogie. Qui tombe en efflorescence …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • efflorescent — adjective a) bursting into flower b) growing at a rapid rate; flourishing …   Wiktionary

  • efflorescent — Denoting a crystalline body that gradually changes to a powder by losing its water of crystallization on exposure to a dry atmosphere. * * * ef·flo·res·cent (ef″lo resґənt) 1. becoming powdery; see efflorescence. 2. developing into a… …   Medical dictionary

  • efflorescent — ef·flo res·cent || ‚eflÉ™ resnt /eflɔː adj. flowering, blossoming …   English contemporary dictionary

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