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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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 Pulse the extra pieces in a food processor to make your own cauliflower rice, or chop 'em into bite-size florets for roasting. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "These Cauliflower "Steaks" With Chimichurri Sauce Take Just 20 Minutes to Make," 21 Nov. 2018 Cut heaping 1 cup of ½-inch florets from head of cauliflower; set aside. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Fall into this Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe: creamy cauliflower soup," 16 Oct. 2018 Cut one large cauliflower (about 3 pounds) into medium florets and toss in a bowl with 1 Tbsp. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Buffalo Cauliflower Is a Surprisingly Great Wing Substitute," 30 Jan. 2018 Signs of florets and peduncle elongation are already being seen and usually occur about 10 days before peak bloom is reached, according to local radio station 97.1 WASH-FM. Jenae Sitzes, Country Living, "Washington, DC's Cherry Blossom Trees are Blooming Weeks Earlier Than Usual," 27 Feb. 2017 These usually consist of something like fish sticks or pizza with a hefty portion of fries and a microscopic side of vegetables: one tiny floret of broccoli and two carrot sticks. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "No, A Salad Doesn’t Make that Burger Healthier," 6 Sep. 2018 The park service said the lapse from Green buds (stage one) to florets visible (stage 2) has been the longest since 2008. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Cherry blossoms reach second stage of progress toward full bloom," 19 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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: a group of flower buds that are part of a vegetable

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to gather or build up little by little

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