flower head


: a capitulum (as of a composite) having sessile flowers so arranged that the whole inflorescence looks like a single flower

Examples of flower head in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Old flower heads can be removed as needed to keep the plants attractive. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 6 July 2024 Its flower heads are borne atop 15 foot plants, meaning that this plant stays neatly in bounds and compact. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 June 2024 But many years ago, a natural variant was discovered with huge flower heads bearing almost all showy white flowers ― it was anointed with the cultivar name of ‘Annabelle’ and was the standard for decades. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 14 June 2024 Snowball bush is slightly more compact and has smaller flower heads. Rebecca Bull Reed, Southern Living, 10 June 2024 During scorching Spanish heat waves, Herrera measured the temperature inside thistle flower heads and the ambient air temperature less than an inch away. Elizabeth Anne Brown, Scientific American, 27 Feb. 2024 Its striking plume-like flower heads bloom in bright shades of orange, red, purple, yellow, and cream. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2024 Removing dead flower heads also can encourage more blooming. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 21 Feb. 2024 The former features the familiar mophead and lacecap types, while the latter are rangy plants with conical flower heads. Joshua Siskin, Orange County Register, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flower head was in 1842

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“Flower head.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flower%20head. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

flower head

: a tight cluster of small flowers without stems that are arranged so that the whole looks like a single flower
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