Etymology
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fluorescent (adj.)

1853 (Stokes), from fluor- (see fluoro-) + -escent. Also see fluorescence. The electric fluorescent lamp was invented by Edison in 1896, but such lights were rare in homes before improved bulbs became available in the mid-1930s.

updated on May 04, 2017

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Definitions of fluorescent from WordNet
1
fluorescent (adj.)
emitting light during exposure to radiation from an external source;
fluorescent (adj.)
brilliantly colored and apparently giving off light;
fluorescent colors
2
fluorescent (n.)
a lighting fixture that uses a fluorescent lamp;
Synonyms: fluorescent fixture
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.