One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Flowing forth; streaming out. Now rare and poetic.
2Flowing freely or profusely; unrestrained, abundant.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin prōfluent-, prōfluēns (of water) free-flowing, running, (of speech) fluent, use as adjective of present participle of prōfluere to flow forth, to flow freely, to overflow, to spring or emanate from from prō- + fluere to flow. Compare Middle French profluant that flows.
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