tri|bo|lu|mi|nes|cence «TRY boh LOO muh NEHS uhns; TRIHB oh-», noun.
the quality of emitting light under friction or violent pressure.
[< Greek tríbos a rubbing (< tríbein rub) + English luminescence]

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