floret

noun
flo·​ret | \ ˈflȯr-ət How to pronounce floret (audio) \

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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Grill any small broccoli florets that break loose in the preheated cast-iron skillet, tossing often, until browned and crisp, 3-4 minutes. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 Leave main stem intact and make sure not to cut through any of the florets. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Caper Vinaigrette," 30 Nov. 2018 Similarly, Imaan Hammam’s tendrils were adorned by tiny pink florets, framing her profile and bare skin, enhanced by a sunny cheekbone highlight. Akili King, Vogue, "Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Laura Harrier, Tracee Ellis Ross, and More," 10 Feb. 2019 If temperatures heat up early in spring, heat-stressed broccoli opens its flower buds prematurely, and high temperatures as broccoli matures can cause bitter, loose heads to form, with smaller and less tasty florets. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Need to Know Before Growing Broccoli," 23 July 2018 There were subtle florets in the form of delicate barrettes at Chanel, which were tucked behind the ears to a New Romantics effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Defined the Paris Runways," 24 Jan. 2019 Place any florets that break loose in a mixing bowl. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 Similar to eggs, cauliflower florets roasted at a high temperature can transform a bowl of grains from a side into a main course. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 2018 Also, florets provide two to three times more healthful glucosinolates and about twice as many polyphenols compared to the stems. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Eat Broccoli Every Single Day," 21 Mar. 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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floret

noun

English Language Learners Definition of floret

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

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