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noun flow·er \ˈflau̇(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of flower

  • : the part of a plant that is often brightly colored, that usually lasts a short time, and from which the seed or fruit develops

  • : a small plant that is grown for its beautiful flowers

  • : a cut stem of a plant with its flower

Full Definition of flower

  1. 1 a :  the part of a seed plant that normally bears reproductive organs :  blossom, inflorescence b :  a shoot of the sporophyte of a higher plant that is modified for reproduction and consists of a shortened axis bearing modified leaves; especially :  one of a seed plant differentiated into a calyx, corolla, stamens, and carpels c :  a plant cultivated for its blossoms

  2. 2 a :  the best part or example <the flower of our youth> b :  the finest most vigorous period c :  a state of blooming or flourishing <in full flower>

  3. 3 plural :  a finely divided powder produced especially by condensation or sublimation <flowers of sulfur>

flow·ered play \ˈflau̇(-ə)rd\ adjective
flow·er·ful play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-fəl\ adjective
flow·er·less play \-ləs\ adjective
flow·er·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of flower

  1. We planted flowers in the garden.

  2. He sent her a bouquet of flowers.

  3. He wore a single flower in his lapel.

Illustration of flower

Origin of flower

Middle English flour flower, best of anything, flour, from Anglo-French flur, flour, flaur, from Latin flor-, flos — more at blow

First Known Use: 13th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms



verb flow·er

Simple Definition of flower

  • : to produce flowers

  • : to develop or grow in a successful way

Full Definition of flower

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  develop <flowered into young womanhood> b :  flourish 2

  3. 2 :  to produce flowers :  blossom

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to bear flowers

  6. 2 :  to decorate with flowers or floral designs

flow·er·er play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-ər\ noun

Examples of flower

  1. This tree flowers in early spring.

  2. The plant will flower every other year.

  3. His genius flowered at the university.

  4. a political movement that began to flower during the 1960s

13th Century

First Known Use of flower

13th century

Rhymes with flower

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