noun \ˈflr-ə\

biology : all the plants that live in a particular area, time, period, or environment

plural floras also flo·rae \ˈflr-ˌē, -ˌī\

Full Definition of FLORA

:  a treatise on or list of the plants of an area or period
:  plant or bacterial life; especially :  such life characteristic of a region, period, or special environment <fossil flora> <intestinal flora> — compare fauna

Examples of FLORA

  1. an amazing variety of coastal flora
  2. the floras of different coastal regions

Origin of FLORA

New Latin, from Latin Flora, Roman goddess of flowers, from Latin flor-, flos
First Known Use: 1777

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with FLORA


noun \ˈflōr-ə, ˈflr-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural floras also flo·rae \ˈflō(ə)r-ˌē, ˈfl(ə)r-, -ˌī\

Medical Definition of FLORA

: plant life; especially : the plants characteristic of a region, period, or special environment <fossil flora>—compare fauna
: the microorganisms (as bacteria or fungi) living in or on the body <the beneficial flora of the intestine> <potentially harmful skin flora>
flo·ral \ˈflōr-əl, ˈflr-\ adjective


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

All species of plants that are found in a particular region, period, or special environment. Six floral kingdoms are commonly distinguished: Boreal, Paleotropical, Neotropical, South African, Australian, and Antarctic. These kingdoms are further broken down into subkingdoms and regions, over which there is some dispute.


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