Definition of flower in English:

flower

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Pronunciation: /ˈflaʊə
 
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noun

1The seed-bearing part of a plant, consisting of reproductive organs (stamens and carpels) that are typically surrounded by a brightly coloured corolla (petals) and a green calyx (sepals).
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  • The pistil and the stamen of the flowers are the specialized organs responsible for the reproductive processes.
  • I didn't see anything but green plants, brightly coloured flowers, and brown earth.
  • Unisexual flowers with three white petals produce numerous stamens or carpels and both present floral nectar.
Synonyms
1.1A flower together with its stalk, picked for use as a decoration: a bunch of flowers
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  • The simplicity of a ribbon-tied bunch of long stalk flowers is absolutely alluring.
  • C'mon lads, when was the last time you bought a bunch of flowers?
  • She often goes there to buy fresh flowers to decorate her big residence.
1.2 [mass noun] The state or period in which a plant’s flowers have developed and opened: the roses were just coming into flower
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  • Bulbs planted late in winter come into flower in early summer.
  • Tubers were harvested on August 17, just as the plants were coming into flower and before the tubers were fully mature.
  • And every summer the threat to livestock increases as the plant comes into flower in its millions.
1.3Northern English informal Used as a friendly form of address, especially to a young girl or woman: all right then, flower?
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  • It’s all right flower, we'll be fine.
  • While travelling to the North-East last year, I knew I was nearing my destination when the cashier at the motorway services called me 'Flower’
  • ‘Good luck, flower,’ he said.
2 (the flower of) The finest individuals out of a number of people or things: he wasted the flower of French youth on his dreams of empire
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  • ‘Of course I would forgive you, you are my youngest daughter, the flower of our family,’ Christiana cried.
  • From a country with only 3.5 million people, the troops - the flower of Albania's youth - represent the best Albania has to offer.
  • For the resurrection of this Isis, the Simphonie du Marais spared no effort, bringing together some excellent players and the flower of French Baroque singing.
Synonyms
best, finest, top, pick, choice, choicest, prime, cream, prize, treasure, pearl, gem, jewel, the jewel in the crown, the crème de la crème, first class, elite, elect
informal the tops

verb

[no object] Back to top  
1(Of a plant) produce flowers; bloom: Michaelmas daisies can flower as late as October
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  • The tired, sun-burnt hills of summer have awoken with a new, hopeful greenness and the catalpa trees are flowering with huge white orchid-like flowers in the village squares.
  • The daffodils and the cherry trees flowering in the spring are the most popular feature on postcards or calendars, but the Gardens are worth visiting in all seasons.
  • In some cases, the name simply implies that the species flowers earlier than other similar plants.
1.1 [with object] Induce (a plant) to produce flowers.
2Be in or reach an optimum stage of development; develop fully and richly: she flowered into as striking a beauty as her mother (as noun flowering) the flowering of Viennese intellectual life
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  • Since then, it has flowered into a dynamic forum to access, understand, and research the rapidly mushrooming field of Indian Literature in English, as well as to translate regional literature.
  • The naughty twinkle she displayed in films such as Ghostbusters has flowered into a comic touch that knows no fear of shame.
  • If this was meant as an insult, it soon flowered into prophesy.

Origin

Middle English flour, from Old French flour, flor, from Latin flos, flor-. The original spelling was no longer in use by the late 17th century except in its specialized sense 'ground grain' (see flour).

Derivatives

flowerless

adjective
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  • The twigs are leafless and flowerless; the shape of the background canvas is not ‘golden’.
  • We paired it up with a floral top because in the bleak mid-winter there is nothing quite so depressing as the flowerless landscape.
  • The surplus is stored away in the honeycomb to sustain the bees throughout the flowerless months of autumn and winter.

flower-like

adjective
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  • The geographical coordinates are beamed to airplanes carrying the smart bombs; the bombs explode and shower, not explosives, but small, flower-like packages containing assorted bits of Americana.
  • The next year, they are replaced by other flower-like faces which, the previous season, still belonged to little girls.
  • Then I can just pop up in an immediate flower-like state and join the others without anyone noticing.

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