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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Sculpture Milwaukee hit a grand slam by commissioning Chicago artist Carlos Rolón to turn the lobby cube of the Chase Bank building into a box wrapped with tropical flora. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 works from Sculpture Milwaukee 2019 that the city should keep here permanently," 13 June 2019 Walk the trails at the top amid endemic flora and take in extraordinary views of Cape Town. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 There are some curious and lovely native wildflowers for such a place, though rock gardeners have been drawn to grow difficult far-off alpine plants or desert flora. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This unusual garden style could be a sustainable solution for urban landscapes," 5 June 2019 This usually involves returning the sand that cannot be sold along with the clay, shale and topsoil that had to be removed to get to the sand, and then planting grasses and other native flora. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Midwestern Sand Mines Feeding the Fracking Industry," 26 Apr. 2019 To start, Huh took to her sketchbook, developing several concepts that incorporated the local flora in graphic ways. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Watch an Incredible, 25-Foot Mosaic Mural Come to Life," 19 Apr. 2019 The landscape varies between jungle-like canopies of trees, unusual flora and fauna, and architecturally magnificent walkways. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things To Do In Singapore," 2 Mar. 2018 In features work that combines an exuberant tropical flora with installations composed of intricate iron fences and fragmented mirrors that offer opportunities for self-reflection and community engagement. Ana Gershanik, NOLA.com, "NOMA presents Afuera/Adentro," 28 Oct. 2017 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

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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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