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effleurage (n.)

"gentle rubbing with the palm of the hand," 1886, from French effleurage, from effleurer "to graze, touch lightly, touch upon, strip the leaves off," from ef- "out" (see ex-) + fleur as in the phrase à fleur de "on a level with," from German Flur "a plain, field, meadow" (see floor (n.)).

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Definitions of effleurage from WordNet

effleurage (n.)
a rhythmic stroking;
effleurage of the abdomen is used in the Lamaze method of childbirth
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