Definition of florescence
: a state or period of flourishing
florescentplay \-sənt\ adjective
Examples of florescence in a sentence
<the florescence of Mayan art in the seventh century a.d.>
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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."
Origin and Etymology of florescence
New Latin florescentia, from Latin florescent-, florescens, present participle of florescere, inchoative of florēre to blossom, flourish — more at flourish
First Known Use: 1793
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