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Definition of "effloresce" [ef•flo•resce]

  • To blossom; bloom. (verb-intransitive)
  • Chemistry To become a powder by losing water of crystallization, as when a hydrated crystal is exposed to air. (verb-intransitive)
  • Chemistry To become covered with a powdery deposit. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "effloresce" in a sentence
  • "They will dug fake tunnels, tunnel that leads to dead ends, tunnels that impossibly knot into themselves, tunnels with sonar-cancelling pings, tunnels that lead to police headquarters, tunnels that effloresce into a thicket of infinitely bifurcating tunnels, and tunnels that lead to other dimensions."
  • "The newspaper age was dawning in America, an age that would effloresce into mass communications and the formation of a transformative popular culture."
  • "A great deal of chemical action then commences, salts of various kinds effloresce on the surface, and the mass becomes hard."