Definition of flower in English:

flower

Syllabification: flow·er
Pronunciation: /ˈflou(-ə)r
 
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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 colored 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 brightly colored and conspicuous example of the flower of a plant together with its stalk, typically used with others as a decoration or gift: I stopped to buy Bridget some 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.
  • 1.2The 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.
  • 2 (the flower of) The finest individuals out of a number of people or things: the flower of college track athletes
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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
  • 2.1The period of optimum development: a young policeman in the flower of his life gunned down
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    • Only an instant before a son, a husband, a father, a proud, strong man in the flower of youth, and now only food for the birds of the air and the wild dogs which prowl the edges of the battlefield.
    • Just as these young men and women were in the flower of their youth.
    • In the translation of W.D. Ross, it ‘supervenes as the bloom of youth does on those in the flower of their age’.

verb

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  • 1(Of a plant) produce flowers; bloom: these 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: it is there that the theory of deconstruction has flowered most extravagantly (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.

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.

flowerlike

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.

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).

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