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

Examples of floret in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pour the frozen broccoli florets on the hot baking sheet, arranging them in one layer. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2020 And if that fails, any quick-cooking vegetable can join for a dip, even if that’s some chopped-up broccoli florets. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, 14 May 2020 Examples include frying small shrimps or florets of broccoli, gently flipping a delicate omelette, or even grabbing the last pickle stuck at the bottom of the jar. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Apr. 2020 Rather than cutting the cauliflower into small pieces, use larger florets or half of the cauliflower head to start. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Apr. 2020 Incorporate at least three cups per week—either raw, like kale salad, vinegary slaw, and fresh broccoli florets with dip, or steamed, sautéed, oven roasted, and stir-fried versions. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 6 Apr. 2020 The broccolini will char a little on the floret ends. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2018 There are vegetable options such as raw broccoli florets, baby carrots, and bowls of black beans and corn. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, 21 Apr. 2020 Sadly the florets felt waterlogged and were mushy, the sauce lacking much personality or flavor. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, 18 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floret. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of floret

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

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