One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pour (a liquid) so as to cause it to surround something.‘Earth with her nether Ocean circumfused’
tip, let flow, dribble, drizzle, splash, spill, decant, dischargeView synonyms
- ‘Beijing was thereafter circumfused with rings of green waters.’
- ‘The shiny pearl-tinted casket was circumfused with bright full-headed blooms.’
- ‘Chemistry circumfuses us and shelters us every second.’
- ‘These cores are circumfused by a constant flow of media, which is circulated in a closed system for 1-2 days.’
Late 16th century: from Latin circumfus- ‘poured around’, from the verb circumfundere, from circum ‘around’ + fundere ‘pour’.
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