: the specialized part of an angiospermous plant that occurs singly or in clusters, possesses whorls of often colorful petals or sepals, and bears the reproductive structures (such as stamens or pistils) involved in the development of seeds and fruit : blossom
: a cluster of small flowers growing closely together that resembles and is often viewed as a single flower : inflorescence
We planted flowers in the garden.
He sent her a bouquet of flowers.
He wore a single flower in his lapel. Verb
This tree flowers in early spring.
The plant will flower every other year.
His genius flowered at the university.
a political movement that began to flower during the 1960s See More
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The vegetable garden that supplies Domaine’s kitchen, depending on the season, boasts a variety of aromatic herbs, edible flowers, root vegetables, leafy greens, stem vegetables, aster vegetables, and fruit vegetables.—Shon Faye, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2023 Starting at the outer edge of the same skillet, arrange squash slices in slightly overlapping concentric circles to form a flower shape.—Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 22 Nov. 2023 Designed to look like a lotus flower, reviewers say the warming light glows through the crackled glass and creates the most wonderful ambience.—Theresa Johnson, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 The property backed up to a vacant lot that has since become Crispus Attucks Park, a grassy acre landscaped with flowers, benches and shade trees.—Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 In lieu of flowers, the Carter family is requesting that those interested consider contributing to the Carter Center's Mental Health Program or the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers.—Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 There is a farmers market on La Mesa Boulevard between Spring and Fourth streets where the street is closed to vehicles and locals are lined up on the street selling handmade jewelry, original artwork, clothes, flowers and more every Friday.—Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 The darker floral look helps make flower patterns feel more appropriate during the winter season.—Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Nov. 2023 In her closing remarks, Femme it Forward founder Heather Lowery encouraged guests to give flowers to the women in their own personal lives.—Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Nov. 2023
The holiday cactus is thermo-photo-periodic in their flowering requirements-- meaning they are affected both by day length and temperature.—Janet B. Carson, arkansasonline.com, 20 Nov. 2023 In a study published last year, researchers in the United States grew a flowering weed called Arabidopsis thaliana in 12 thimble-sized containers, each bearing a gram of actual moon soil collected during NASA missions more than a half century ago.—Fox News, 9 Nov. 2023 Prune summer and spring flowering shrubs now, before new flower buds form.—Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2023 Spring is peak allergy season, with trees and plants finally flowering after the winter months.—Emily Shiffer, Parents, 2 Nov. 2023 In late summer when most plants have stopped flowering, this low-to-the-ground perennial is covered with bright red blooms.—Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2023 In the clip, Gomez could be seen pouting and blowing kisses for the camera, as well as strutting down a corridor to show off the full detailing of her dress, which included flowering vines and a thigh-high slit.—Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 That also goes for the flowering plumes of ornamental grasses near property lines.—Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 Succulent and Cacti Tips Whether a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter cactus, with the right care, these seasonally flowering houseplants can definitely add cheer and beauty to your holiday and throughout the year.—Emma Phelps, Southern Living, 30 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English flour, flur "blossom of a plant, prime of life, best of a class, ground grain free of bran," borrowed from Anglo-French flour, flur (also continental Old French), going back to Latin flōr-, flōs "flower, bloom, flourishing condition, choicest part, best of a class," going back to Indo-European *bhleh3-os, s-stem derivative from the verbal base *bhleh3- "bloom, break into flower" — more at blow entry 3
Middle English flouren "(of a plant) to blossom, to bloom, be vigourous," derivative of flour, flurflour entry 1