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This week's theme: Latin terms in English.
floruit (FLOR-yoo-it) noun
The period during which a person, movement, etc. was active.
[From Latin floruit (flourished), from florere (to flourish). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhel- (to thrive or bloom) that gave us flower, bleed, bless, foliage, blossom, and blade.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"Then there was the astonishing firm of Woodhull, Claflin and Company, floruit circa 1870-1872." John Brooks; The Go-Go Years; John Wiley & Sons; 1999.
For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work. -Doug Larson