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Pronunciation:  `eflu'res

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  1. [v]  become encrusted with crystals due to evaporation
  2. [v]  burst forth into or as if into flower; "These manifestations effloresced in the past"
  3. [v]  assume crystalline form; become crystallized

EFFLORESCE is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: burst forth, crystalise, crystalize, crystallize
 See Also: bloom, blossom, devitrify, encrust, flower, incrust, solidify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ef`flo*resce"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Effloresced};
p. pr. & vb. n. {Efflorescing}.] [L. efflorescere to bloom,
blossom; ex + florescere to begin to blossom, incho., fr.
florere to blossom, fr. flos a flower. See {Flower}.]
1. To blossom forth. --Carlyle.

2. (Chem.) 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,

3. 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.