Definitions for effloresceˌɛf ləˈrɛs
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ef•flo•resceˌɛf ləˈrɛs(v.i.)-resced, -resc•ing.
to burst into bloom; blossom.
to change to a mealy or powdery substance upon exposure to air, as a crystalline substance through loss of water of crystallization. to become incrusted with crystals of salt or the like through evaporation or chemical change.
Origin of effloresce:
1765–75; < L efflōrēscere=ef-ef - +flōrēscere to begin to bloom
effloresce, burst forth(verb)
come into or as if into flower
"These manifestations effloresced in the past"
crystallize, crystalize, crystalise, effloresce(verb)
assume crystalline form; become crystallized
become encrusted with crystals due to evaporation
To burst into bloom; to flower.
To change from being crystalline to being powdery by losing water of crystallization.
To become covered with powder.
to blossom forth
to change on the surface, or throughout, to a whitish, mealy, or crystalline powder, from a gradual decomposition, esp. from the loss of water, on simple exposure to the air; as, Glauber's salts, and many others, effloresce
to become covered with a whitish crust or light crystallization, from a slow chemical change between some of the ingredients of the matter covered and an acid proceeding commonly from an external source; as, the walls of limestone caverns sometimes effloresce with nitrate of calcium in consequence of the action in consequence of nitric acid formed in the atmosphere