flo·​res·​cence | \ flȯ-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s , flə-\

Definition of florescence

: a state or period of flourishing

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Other Words from florescence

florescent \ flȯ-​ˈre-​sᵊnt , 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.

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Peterson and coauthors looked at the fossil assemblage from two angles – a geological technique called x-ray florescence to determine the geochemistry of the Cleveland-Lloyd rocks and a detailed analysis of bone fragments found within the quarry. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "The Making of an Allosaurus Graveyard," 21 June 2017

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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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