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ef•fleu•rage  (ef′lə räzh),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Holistic Therapya delicate stroking motion in massage.
  • French, equivalent. to effleur(er) (to) stroke as one would a flower (i.e., lightly; see ef-, flower) + -age -age
  • 1885–90

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

effleurage /ˌɛflɜːˈrɑːʒ/ n
  1. a light stroking technique used in massage
Etymology: 19th Century: from French effleurer to stroke lightly


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