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blossom

Syllabification: blos·som
Pronunciation: /ˈbläsəm
 
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Definition of blossom in English:

noun

1A flower or a mass of flowers on a tree or bush: tiny white blossoms the slopes were ablaze with almond blossom
More example sentences
  • As the large, loose clusters of tiny greenish flower blossoms fade, the flower stalks get longer and by midsummer are covered with fuzzy purple or pink hairs.
  • Jim sat down under a flowering tree in a patch of tiny white blossoms and faced the shimmering waters of the river.
  • If you like edible flowers, try some of the tiny white blossoms sprinkled onto salads.
1.1The state or period of flowering: fruit trees in blossom
More example sentences
  • It might be safely viewed with all its appendages of prosperity and beauty, its rich pastures, spreading flocks, orchard in blossom, and light column of smoke ascending.
  • Mr Wilkinson said: ‘It will all look very nice when it has been completed - the trees look very nice and I am surprised they are in blossom.’
  • The small orchard at the farmstead just north of Carter Road is in blossom.

verb

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1(Of a tree or bush) produce flowers or masses of flowers: the mango trees have shed their fruit and blossomed again
More example sentences
  • We slipped through St Bartholomew's churchyard, snowdrops fading, the fruit and nut trees blossoming, and channelled down a track towards the River Ure.
  • The Flowering Cherry tree will blossom at this time of the year, each year, as a symbol of remembrance.
  • Spring is the best season in Tokyo, with cherry trees blossoming beautifully after the winter rest.
Synonyms
bloom, flower, open, unfold;
mature
1.1Mature or develop in a promising or healthy way: their friendship blossomed into romance (as noun blossoming) the blossoming of experimental theater
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  • He would be departing just when he has finally blossomed into a mature and consistent world-class all-rounder.
  • A spirited young girl who suffered horrific injuries in a freak horse accident has blossomed into a promising athlete with a bright future.
  • Slowly it continued, and our first hesitant kiss was finally reached, although I had to make that final step because he wouldn't, and our relationship developed and blossomed into love.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English blōstm, blōstma (noun), blōstmian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bloesem, also to bloom1.

Derivatives

blossomy

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • As my regular shampoo was sitting in the bottom of the occupied shower cubicle I had to use the nearest one available… one of Adelle's… some flowery, blossomy scented thingy with added hair fortifier to give me body and lift.
  • There's something very English and blossomy about it.
  • While it's not customary to design a room using scents, a blossomy smelling candle next to a withered, old couch can definitely lift the mood of the entire room.

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