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Coruscation

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Coruscátion. n.s. [coruscatio, Latin.] Flash; quick vibration of light.

We see that lightnings and coruscations, which are near at hand, yield no sound. Bacon's Natural History, № 114.

We may learn that sulphureous streams abound in the bowels of the earth, and ferment with minerals, and sometimes take fire with a sudden coruscation and explosion. Newton's Opt.

How heat and moisture mingle in a mass,
Or belch in thunder, or in lightning blaze;
Why nimble coruscations strike the eye,
And bold tornado's bluster in the sky.
Garth's Dispensatory.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Garth, Samuel (17) · Newton, Isaac (40)

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