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[floo-res-uh nt, flaw-, floh-] /flʊˈrɛs ənt, flɔ-, floʊ-/

possessing the property of ; exhibiting .
strikingly bright, vivid, or glowing:
plastic toys in fluorescent colors.
a lighting fixture that utilizes a .
exhibiting or having the property of fluorescence

1853, from fluor- + -escent (see fluorescence). The fluorescent electric lamp patent was applied for in 1896 by U.S. inventor Thomas A. Edison, but such lights were rare before 1938.


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