flower head


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The only reason to do trimming would be to remove old flower heads or cause branching, which could give denser plants with additional blooms. Orlando Sentinel, 4 Mar. 2023 The white flower heads usually transform to pink or tan as the weather cools. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Mar. 2023 Each of the small blossoms that form the flower head features double petals, like a wedding bouquet on a stem. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2022 The floating flower head will accompany her throughout her journey. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 Some sunflowers produce one large flower head, and others produce many smaller ones. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 12 June 2021 This gives the whole flower head (inflorescence) a lighter and more airy feel. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2020 There are types with gigantic, white, globular flower heads that can reach 10-12 inches long. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2020 The strong, sturdy stems grow straight up, which helps them hold up the heavier flower heads. Southern Living, 2 May 2020 See More

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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 31 May. 2023.

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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