Definition of floret in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflôrət/


1One of the small flowers making up a composite flower head.
Example sentences
  • The outermost two rows of florets on the flower head opened and anthesed on the same day.
  • Each panicle was individually labelled with its flowering date, defined as the day on which pollen had been released in approximately two-thirds of the florets composing the panicle.
  • It starts blooming in midsummer with huge panicles of showy, white florets surrounding smaller fertile flowers.
1.1One of the flowering stems making up a head of cauliflower or broccoli.
Example sentences
  • The accompanying vegetables were good too; finely-sliced gratin potatoes in a light cheese sauce, delicious boiled new potatoes in their skins, deep-fried cauliflower florets in batter, broccoli and carrots.
  • The base could be covered with puréed spinach and topped with florets of broccoli and cauliflower, still with cheese.
  • We serve broccoli stems and florets steamed and tossed with a vinaigrette salad dressing just as you would a salad.
1.2A small flower.
Example sentences
  • For the piece de résistance, set all within a naturalized sea of camassia bulbs with their tall greenish spires and soft blue florets that bloom for weeks on end in late spring.
  • Similarly, in freesia florets the increase in perianth sugars was more than 10 times higher than the decrease in starch content.
  • Subsequent growth determines the fraction of the potential florets that develop into flowers, and eventually to fruits and seeds.


Late 17th century: from Latin flos, flor- 'flower' + -et1.

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Syllabification: flo·ret

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