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  • adj. bursting into flower
  • adj. growing at a rapid rate; flourishing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That effloresces, or is liable to effloresce on exposure.
  • adj. Covered with an efflorescence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Blooming; being in flower.
  • Apt to effioresce; subject to effiorescence: as, an efflorescent salt.
  • Covered or incrusted with effiorescence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. bursting into flower

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Examples

  • So far as a restless mortal -- more or less aweary of most things -- like myself can be made happy by any other human being, I believe your good wishes are safe of realisation; at any rate, it will be my fault if they are not, and I beg you never to imagine that I could confound the piety of friendship with the "efflorescent" variety.

    Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley — Volume 1

  • So far as a restless mortal ” more or less aweary of most things ” like myself can be made happy by any other human being, I believe your good wishes are safe of realisation; at any rate, it will be my fault if they are not, and I beg you never to imagine that I could confound the piety of friendship with the "efflorescent" variety.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Emerging incrementally from individual clusters of endless ruffles, five women eventually twirl to full height as so many efflorescent flamenco dancers.

    A Pruned Garden of Delights

  • Feeling more at home in the Muslim world of Spain, North Africa and the Middle East, Sephardim such as Maimonides took up the challenge of that new civilization, a civilization best characterized by the term "religious humanism," and produced an efflorescent literature that was matched by an economic dynamism that in the early modern period extended its reach into Holland, England, and Italy.

    David Shasha: Collateral Damage: Jewish Fratricide and the Demonizing of Córdoba

  • For designers, sleek good taste became an inspiration as they decisively shifted away from the previously efflorescent period in car design, the fabulous 1950s, with its tailfins, hood ornaments, and whitewall tires.

    Matthew DeBord: After the Golden Age, Can Car Design Go Green?

  • Composed of microscopic particles smaller than ten microns PM10, the dust contains significant levels of toxic metals like selenium, arsenic, and lead along with efflorescent salts.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • In the early days of TV with only three or four broadcasters, television was forced to assume all people were essentially alike and accordingly had to deny the most obvious fact about consumers and citizens -- their prodigious, efflorescent diversity.

    Creating Value in a Competitive Media Industry

  • My surprise at this sudden transition from extreme sickness to health in great measure ceased when I observed that the inoculated pustule had occasioned, in this case, the common efflorescent appearance around it, and that as it approached the centre it was nearly in an erysipelatous state.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • By far the greater number on whom trials were made resisted it entirely; yet I found some on whose arm the pustule from inoculation was formed completely, but without producing the common efflorescent blush around it, or any constitutional illness, while others have had the disease in the most perfect manner.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • You do not have to think very long or hard to learn that all mysteries are ensconced in language and extractable from language, and that obedience to the intricacies of language in turn reveals the exact astro-dynamic efflorescent energy of place and circumstance we nickname Truth.

    languagehat.com: ROBERT KELLY ON LANGUAGE.

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  • "A gilt bamboo jardinière, in which the primulas and cinerarias were punctually renewed, blocked the access to the bay window(where the old-fashioned would have preferred a bronze reduction of the Venus of Milo); the sofas and arm-chairs of pale brocade were cleverly grouped about little plush tables densely covered with silver toys, porcelain animals and efflorescent photograph frames; and tall rosy-shaded lamps shot up like tropical flowers among the palms."
    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 20, 2009