1. Botany A state or time of flowering; anthesis.
a. A gradual process of unfolding or developing.
b. The highest point; the culmination. See Synonyms at bloom1.
a. The deposit that results from the process of efflorescing. Also called bloom1.
b. The process of efflorescing.
c. A growth of salt crystals on a surface caused by evaporation of salt-laden water.
4. Pathology Redness, a rash, or an eruption on the skin.
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