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 (flôr′yo͞o-ĭt, -o͞o-, flŏr′-)
Abbr. fl.
Used to indicate the period during which a person lived or a school or movement was most active or flourishing.

[Latin flōruit, third person sing. perfect tense of flōrēre, to flourish; see flourish.]
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(he or she) flourished: used to indicate the period when a historical figure, whose birth and death dates are unknown, was most active. Abbreviation: fl. or flor.
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(ˈfloʊ ru ɪt; Eng. ˈflɔr yu ɪt, ˈfloʊr-, ˈflɒr-)
Latin. he or she flourished. Abbr.: fl., flor.
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A Latin word meaning he (or she) flourished, used to state when a person in history was most active, especially when the person’s dates of birth and death are not recorded.
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