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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.
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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."
Synonymsblossom, bloom, floruit, flower, flush, heyday, high noon, prime, salad days, springtime
Related Wordsautumn, Indian summer; blooming, blossoming, efflorescence, flowering; acme, apex, climax, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, zenith; glory, grandeur, splendor; belle epoque (or belle époque), golden age, silver age; comeback, recovery, revivial
Near Antonymsdecay, decline, downfall; bottom, nadir; shriveling (or shrivelling), wilting, withering
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