Definition of flora
- fossil flora
- intestinal flora
an amazing variety of coastal flora
the floras of different coastal regions
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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.
First Known Use: 1777See Words from the same year
biology : all the plants that live in a particular area, time, period, or environment
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