efflorescence

noun ef·flo·res·cence \ ˌe-flə-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of efflorescence

1 a : the action or process of developing and unfolding as if coming into flower : blossoming
  • periods of … intellectual and artistic efflorescence
  • —Julian Huxley
b : an instance of such development
c : fullness of manifestation : culmination
2 : the period or state of flowering
3 : the process or product of efflorescing chemically

efflorescent

play \ˌe-flə-ˈre-sᵊnt\ adjective

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When Edgar Allan Poe spoke of an "efflorescence of language" in The Poetic Principle, he was referring to language that was flowery, or overly rich and colorful. This ties in to the garden roots of efflorescence, a word, like "flourish," that comes from the Latin word for "flower." More commonly, however, "efflorescence" refers to the literal or figurative act of blossoming much like a flower does. You could speak of "the efflorescence of nature in springtime," for example, or "the efflorescence of culture during the Renaissance." "Efflorescence" is also used in chemistry to refer to a process that occurs when something changes to a powder from loss of water of crystallization.

First Known Use of efflorescence

1626


Medical Dictionary

efflorescence

noun ef·flo·res·cence \ ˌef-lə-ˈres-ᵊn(t)s \

medical Definition of efflorescence

1 : the process of efflorescing; also : the powder or crust so formed
2 : a redness of the skin or an eruption (as in a rash)

efflorescent

play \-ᵊnt\ adjective

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