flu|o|res|cent [fluəˈresənt US flu-, flo:-] adj
[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: fluorspar, type of fluorescent mineral (18-21 centuries), from Modern Latin fluor 'mineral used for melting', from Latin fluere 'to flow']
1.) fluorescent colours are very bright and easy to see, even in the dark
a fluorescent pink T-shirt
2.) a fluorescent light contains a tube filled with gas, which shines with a bright light when electricity is passed through it
>fluorescence n [U]

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