flora

noun
flo·​ra | \ ˈflȯr-ə How to pronounce flora (audio) \
plural floras also florae\ ˈflȯr-​ˌē How to pronounce florae (audio) , -​ˌī \

Definition of flora

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

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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.

Examples of flora in a Sentence

an amazing variety of coastal flora the floras of different coastal regions

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The other side of the road is the mountain with cape flora and fauna in abundance. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa's Top Sommelier on Where to Find the Best Wine," 12 Oct. 2018 Her veil, for example, was embroidered with the flora of 53 Commonwealth countries. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Here’s How You Can See Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s Wedding Dress Up Close," 29 Aug. 2018 Magazine The spiny forest that the Antandroy call home is filled with an astonishing 95 percent–endemic flora. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 The new portraits, released by Kensington Palace on Sunday, were taken amid the flora at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show, which kicks off this week. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "These New Pictures of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Will Make Your Heart Melt," 19 May 2019 On the patio, opt for arrangements of succulents and other desert-friendly flora to keep maintenance as easy as can be. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 Meadow, as its name suggests, takes its motif from the flora of a spring field—but presents these specimens flattened on a solid background, like fresh flowers pressed in a book. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Floral Wallpaper for People Who Hate Florals," 19 Mar. 2019 Though people across the globe had been decorating temples and domestic interiors with evergreen flora for centuries, the holiday tradition in its modern form originated with medieval Germans. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Made Christmas Trees a Holiday Staple," 18 Dec. 2018 The 177 quilts featuring the flora, fauna and landscapes of 59 national parks are divided among forest preserve visitor centers in Beecher, Channahon, Joliet and Romeoville. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Milwaukee gets its French on for Bastille Days, plus other Midwest events," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of flora

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flora

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

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flora

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flora

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

flora

noun
flo·​ra | \ ˈflȯr-ə How to pronounce flora (audio) \

Kids Definition of flora

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

flora

noun
flo·​ra | \ ˈflōr-ə, ˈflȯr- How to pronounce flora (audio) \
plural floras also florae\ ˈflō(ə)r-​ˌē How to pronounce florae (audio) , ˈflȯ(ə)r-​ How to pronounce florae (audio) , -​ˌī \

Medical Definition of flora

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

Other Words from flora

floral \ ˈflōr-​əl, ˈflȯr-​ How to pronounce floral (audio) \ adjective

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