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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Remove stalk, and break the florets onto a large cookie sheet. Redbook, "Roasted Curry Cauliflower," 13 Mar. 2012 The cheese will immediately melt and some will start to drip down into the spots between the florets and onto the hot surface of the pan. Bon Appétit, "This Cheesy, Crispy Broccoli Skillet Might Be the Best Thing I’ve Ever Made," 18 June 2019 In the pan the stems turn sweet and meaty as the florets crisp around the edges. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Cold-Weather-Proof a Niçoise Salad," 22 Feb. 2019 Cut tops of broccoli into small florets and thinly slice stems. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Broccoli-Parmesan Chicken Soup," 28 Nov. 2018 In a large bowl, toss broccoli florets and onion with oil and ½ tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Broccoli and Lemony Ricotta Flatbread," 15 Feb. 2019 Transfer florets and stalks to a clean rimmed baking sheet. Bon Appetit, "Broccolini Cheesesteaks," 19 Mar. 2018 The ingredients in homemade cauliflower gnocchi recipes vary, but this version from Simply Recipes also uses potato starch and cassava flour in addition to pureed cauliflower florets, olive oil, and salt in order to bind everything together. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Cauliflower Gnocchi Is the Low-Carb Dinner Pasta Lovers Need to Try," 8 May 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of floret

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

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