flo·ret | \ˈflȯr-ət \

Definition of floret 

1 : a small flower especially : one of the small flowers forming the head of a composite plant

2 : a cluster of flower buds separated from a head especially when used as food broccoli florets

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Slice stems from florets, cutting away as much stem as possible. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Broccoli Salad with Peanut Dressing," 21 May 2018 The three-hour surgery, Ganapathy said, involved painstakingly peeling off and removing layers of a gelatinous tumor shaped like the multiple florets on a head of cauliflower, without disturbing the spinal cord. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "Doctors told this 20-year-old his back pain wasn’t serious. Then he couldn’t walk.," 6 Mar. 2018 Toss broccoli florets with olive oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cornbread Muffins with Roasted Broccoli," 12 Jan. 2018 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad," 24 Jan. 2017 Meanwhile, cut your cauliflower into florets (large ones do just fine here). Sara Franklin, charlotteobserver, "No courses, no assigned seats, no-hassle dinner party," 19 June 2018 Roast on top rack, tossing halfway through, until florets are charred and stems are cooked through but still have some crunch, 16–18 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Broccolini Cheesesteaks," 19 Mar. 2018 One day that might be a few big broccoli florets or a handful of snap peas; another it might be scrubbed baby turnips and little carrots. Christina Chaey, Bon Appetit, "I Let My Steamer Basket Decide What I Should Make for Dinner," 25 June 2018 Add broccoli florets and blanch 1 minute, until bright green but still crisp. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Invited over? Please RSVP — and bring this killer salad," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of floret

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for floret

Middle English flourette, from Anglo-French *floret, diminutive of flur flower

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: a group of flower buds that are part of a vegetable

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