A sudden glowing in a cooling metal caused by liberation of the latent heat of transformation.
[From Latin recalēscēns, recalēscent-, present participle of recalēscere, to grow warm again : re-, re- + calēscere, to become warm, inchoative of calēre, to be warm; see kelə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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