Definitions for effloresceˌɛf ləˈrɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ef•flo•resceˌɛf ləˈrɛs(v.i.)-resced, -resc•ing.

  1. to burst into bloom; blossom.

    Category: Botany

  2. 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.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of effloresce:

1765–75; < L efflōrēscere=ef-ef - +flōrēscere to begin to bloom

Princeton's WordNet

  1. effloresce, burst forth(verb)

    come into or as if into flower

    "These manifestations effloresced in the past"

  2. crystallize, crystalize, crystalise, effloresce(verb)

    assume crystalline form; become crystallized

  3. effloresce(verb)

    become encrusted with crystals due to evaporation


  1. effloresce(Verb)

    To burst into bloom; to flower.

  2. effloresce(Verb)

    To change from being crystalline to being powdery by losing water of crystallization.

  3. effloresce(Verb)

    To become covered with powder.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effloresce(verb)

    to blossom forth

  2. Effloresce(verb)

    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

  3. Effloresce(verb)

    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


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