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Definition of "efflorescence" [ef•flo•res•cence]

  • Botany A state or time of flowering; anthesis. (noun)
  • A gradual process of unfolding or developing. (noun)
  • The highest point; the culmination. See Synonyms at bloom1. (noun)
  • Chemistry The deposit that results from the process of efflorescing. Also called bloom1. (noun)
  • Chemistry The process of efflorescing. (noun)

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 "efflorescence" in a sentence
  • "The second element that causes efflorescence is water."
  • "It could even cause masonry efflorescence, which is commonly called salitre."
  • "Architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and poetry may truly be called the efflorescence of civilised life, but the production of a healthy civilised life must be the first condition."