flo·​res·​cence | \ flȯ-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce florescence (audio) , flə- \

Definition of florescence

: a state or period of flourishing

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Other Words from florescence

florescent \ flȯ-​ˈre-​sᵊnt How to pronounce florescence (audio) , flə-​ \ adjective

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The flowering of botany as a science in the 18th century produced a garden of English words that came about as adaptations of Latin words. Botanists picked florescence as a showy word to refer to the blooming of a flower-a good choice given that the term grew out of the New Latin florescentia, meaning "blossoming." Florescentia is related to the Latin verb florēre ("to blossom or flourish") and rooted in the Latin noun flos, meaning "flower." Less literal types appreciated the word, too, and applied it to anything that seemed to be thriving or flourishing, as in "the highest florescence of a civilization."

Examples of florescence in a Sentence

the florescence of Mayan art in the seventh century A.D.

First Known Use of florescence

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for florescence

New Latin florescentia, from Latin florescent-, florescens, present participle of florescere, inchoative of florēre to blossom, flourish — more at flourish

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“Florescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/florescence. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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