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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

Examples of floret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When temperatures surged to 74 degrees Monday, the National Park Service reported that the blossom buds had reached their third stage — out of six — called extension of florets. Washington Post, "Local Digest: Cherry blossoms set to peak earlier than usual," 10 Mar. 2020 Simply combine cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, celery sticks, pepper strips and baby carrots with cauliflower and broccoli florets onto a serving dish. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Healthy, easy snacks that kids will love," 28 Feb. 2020 Cut cauliflower into large florets, reserving 1 cup stems and ½ cup leaves for vinaigrette. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Charred Cauliflower," 20 Feb. 2020 Then, holding a stem with the florets in hand, nick a little piece at the end of the stem with a paring knife, and pull the little piece of the stem toward you, peeling the stem partially. CBS News, "The Dish: Lidia Bastianich shares Italian recipes from her "Felidia" cookbook," 18 Jan. 2020 Using tongs, transfer the chicken and cauliflower to a platter, then transfer the garlic along with 2 cauliflower florets to a medium bowl. NBC News, "Chicken and cauliflower traybake with roasted garlic–yogurt sauce," 17 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, cut a head of cauliflower into florets and dunk them in the batter, then fry those to a crisp. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Cooking with Paul: In testing 5 non-wheat flours, I learned how to batter cauliflower with chickpea flour and more," 11 Jan. 2020 But quick-cooking things—asparagus, peas, thinly sliced carrots and celery, leaves, small florets—should be saved for the end. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Get Those Mushy Vegetables Out of My Soup," 8 Jan. 2020 Heartier vegetables, such as small cauliflower florets, need to go in early to cook through. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "How to make a thrifty, fast and tasty one-pot pasta any day of the week," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of floret was in 1671

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17 Mar 2020

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“Floret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floret. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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

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