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Her heart expanded, her soul seemed to burgeon and to bloom.

As I drained the glass now, new life seemed to burgeon within me.

I looked down, cursing myself that I had dared to suspect she could burgeon only in the affluence of satins.

Unless a writer feels free, things will not come to him, he cannot burgeon on any subject whatsoever.

Then the tree began to bud and burgeon with gifts, and the rare glories of colour crept in upon the snows of winter.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "grow, sprout, blossom," from Anglo-French burjuner, Old French borjoner "to bud, sprout," from borjon "a bud, shoot, pimple" (Modern French bourgeon), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *burrionem (nominative *burrio), from Late Latin burra "flock of wool," itself of uncertain origin. Some sources (Kitchin, Gamillscheg) say either the French word or the Vulgar Latin one is from Germanic. The English verb is perhaps instead a native development from burjoin (n.) "a bud" (c.1300), from Old French. Related: Burgeoned; burgeoning.

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