• WordNet 3.6
    • n efflorescence a powdery deposit on a surface
    • n efflorescence the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
    • n efflorescence any red eruption of the skin
    • n efflorescence the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Efflorescence (Med) A redness of the skin; eruption, as in rash, measles, smallpox, scarlatina, etc.
    • Efflorescence (Bot) Flowering, or state of flowering; the blooming of flowers; blowth.
    • Efflorescence (Chem) The formation of the whitish powder or crust on the surface of efflorescing bodies, as salts, etc.
    • Efflorescence (Chem) The powder or crust thus formed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n efflorescence The act of effiorescing or blossoming out; also, an aggregation of blossoms, or an appearance resembling or suggesting a mass of flowers.
    • n efflorescence In botany, the time or state of flowering; anthesis.
    • n efflorescence In medicine, a redness of the skin; a rash; eruption, as in measles, smallpox, scarlatina, etc.
    • n efflorescence In chem., the formation of small white threads or spiculæ, resembling the sublimated matter called flowers, on the surface of certain bodies, as salts, or on the surface of any permeable body or substance; the incrustation so formed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Efflorescence production of flowers: the time of flowering: a redness of the skin: the formation of a white powder on the surface of bodies, or of minute crystals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. efflorescence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. efflorescĕreex, out, florescĕre, to blossom—flos, floris, a flower.


In literature:

And from those nude feet sprang golden roses, like the natural efflorescence of her twofold purity of flesh.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
If any part of the surface were scratched or broken, then efflorescence began at that part, and covered the whole.
"Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1" by Michael Faraday
Before the glimmering marble facade he took out his watch, a pale gold efflorescence in the gloom, and rang the hour in minute, clear notes.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The ground is covered in many places with an efflorescence of saltpetre.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Their religion is in accord with their whole mental make-up; it is a growth, a natural efflorescence.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
The ground hereabouts produces a whitish efflorescence, and emits a most offensive sulphurous smell.
"Roman Mosaics" by Hugh Macmillan
A perfect efflorescence of works on music appeared.
"Musicians of To-Day" by Romain Rolland
The mediaeval period ends in the efflorescence of a new delightful energy, which gives a Rabelais, a Shakspere, a Cervantes to the world.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and poetry, may truly be called the efflorescence of civilised life.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
These, however, were the evidence of a second efflorescence in the spring.
"Bolougne-Sur-Mer" by Reverend William Canon Fleming
The soul in this contemplation feels again a sweet and tranquil joy, a sort of efflorescence.
"Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good" by Victor Cousin
Portions of the clay cliffs exposed to the sun are covered with a fine efflorescence of sulphate of magnesia (Epsom salts).
"In the Andamans and Nicobars" by C. Boden Kloss
I hope these efflorescent days (if you have them) don't turn your stomach too much against the thick taste of the Julian broth.
"The Letters of Henry James, Vol. II" by Henry James
Cloud's silken efflorescence, softly waving and jewel-starred, flourished apace.
"The Crux" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Of the dear Christ the world had only this transcendent efflorescence.
"Julia Ward Howe" by Laura E. Richards
It forms white efflorescent crystals.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
Wit is a crystallization, humor an efflorescence.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 3 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
A great speech is a crystallization in its logic, an efflorescence in its poetry.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
As soon as these Efflorescences or Eruptions appeared, the Sick generally found themselves better.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
Now, the febrile movement of scarlet fever does not cease while the efflorescence is distinct.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

Drops of deliquescence glistened on his forehead,
Whitened round his feet the dust of efflorescence,
Till one Monday morning, when the flow suspended,
There was no De Sauty.
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
While moments pass on pinions fleet,
And youth in beauty effloresces,
The joy that finds itself complete
In honeyed words and soft caresses,
Alas! an index seems to be
Of perilous inconstancy.
"Passer Le Temps" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Efflorescence by the Chapel.
The Downtown Mall is not the only place where bricks are showing a bit of springtime efflorescence .
D7072 Standard Practice for Evaluating Accelerated Efflorescence of Latex Coatings.
Latex paints are sometimes applied over substrates that contain a high level of water soluble salts that result in efflorescence .
Avec l'efflorescence prodigieuse des ballets russes, révélatrice coup sur coup…de Nijinsky , de Benois, du génie de Stravinski.
To understand how deeply the moment of George McGovern's efflorescence differs from our own, pick up the biography McGovern authorized a young Time magazine staffer to write as he began his 1972 presidential campaign.
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