flare

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  • Origin unknown, first recorded in the mid 16th century, probably related to Latin flagrĊ ("I burn"). Norwegian flara ("to blaze; to flaunt in gaudy attire") has a similar meaning, but the English word predates it. Possibly related to Middle High German vlederen ("to flutter"), represented by modern German flattern.
  • The noun is derived from the verb.

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