flora

noun flo·ra \ ˈflȯr-ə \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of flora

plural floras also florae play \ˈflȯr-ˌē, -ˌī\
1 :a treatise on or list of the plants of an area or period
2 :plant, bacterial, or fungal life; especially :such life characteristic of a region, period, or special environment
  • fossil flora
  • intestinal flora
— compare fauna

Examples of flora in a Sentence

  1. an amazing variety of coastal flora

  2. the floras of different coastal regions

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flora Has Roots in Roman Mythology

Flora means "flower" in Latin, and Flora was the Roman goddess of spring and flowering plants, especially wildflowers and plants not raised for food. She was shown as a beautiful young woman in a long, flowing dress with flowers in her hair, strewing flowers over the earth. English preserves her name in such words as floral, floret, and flourish. A region's flora may range from tiny violets to towering trees. The common phrase "flora and fauna" covers just about every visible living thing.

Origin and Etymology of flora

New Latin, from Latin Flora, Roman goddess of flowers, from Latin flor-, flos

flora Synonyms


FLORA Defined for English Language Learners

flora

noun

Definition of flora for English Language Learners

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


FLORA Defined for Kids

flora

noun flo·ra \ ˈflȯr-ə \

Definition of flora for Students

:the plant life typical of a region, period, or special environment

Medical Dictionary

flora

noun flo·ra \ ˈflōr-ə, ˈflȯr- \

medical Definition of flora

plural floras also florae play \ˈflō(ə)r-ˌē, ˈflȯ(ə)r-, -ˌī\
1 :plant life; especially :the plants characteristic of a region, period, or special environment
  • fossil flora
— compare fauna
2 :the microorganisms (as bacteria or fungi) living in or on the body
  • the beneficial flora of the intestine
  • potentially harmful skin flora

floral

play \ˈflōr-əl, ˈflȯr-\ adjective


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