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noun flow·er \ˈfla(-ə)r\

: 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

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
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>
plural :  a finely divided powder produced especially by condensation or sublimation <flowers of sulfur>
flow·ered \ˈfla(-ə)rd\ adjective
flow·er·ful \ˈfla(-ə)r-fəl\ adjective
flow·er·less \-ləs\ adjective
flow·er·like \-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

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall



: to produce flowers

: to develop or grow in a successful way

Full Definition of FLOWER

intransitive verb
a :  develop <flowered into young womanhood>
b :  flourish 2
:  to produce flowers :  blossom
transitive verb
:  to cause to bear flowers
:  to decorate with flowers or floral designs
flow·er·er \ˈfla(-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

First Known Use of FLOWER

13th century

Related to FLOWER

Rhymes with FLOWER

FLOWERS Defined for Kids


noun flow·er \ˈfla-ər\

Definition of FLOWER for Kids

:  a plant part that produces seed
:  a small plant grown chiefly for its showy flowers
:  the state of bearing flowers <in full flower>
:  the best part or example <in the flower of youth>
flow·ered \-ərd\ adjective
flow·er·less \-ər-ləs\ adjective



Definition of FLOWER for Kids

:  2bloom 1
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