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flowering

adjective flow·er·ing \ ˈflau̇(-ə)r-iŋ \

Definition of flowering

1 : producing or bearing flowers
  • a flowering cactus
  • a flowering branch
: capable of producing flowers
  • a collection of flowering plants
  • flowering trees
2 : covered with or full of flowers
  • a flowering meadow

First Known Use of flowering

1592

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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flowering

noun

Definition of flowering

1 : the act or state of producing flowers : the period during which a plant produces flowers
  • the flowering of the iris
  • a plant that should be pruned only when flowering ends
  • Early flowering was followed by heat waves in July and August …
  • —James Suckling
2 : an unfolding or development
  • the gradual flowering of his talent
: a flourishing state or period of new development or growth
  • … when Christians, Muslims and Jews lived and worked together in peace and friendship, producing a rare flowering of art, science and commerce.
  • —Liesl Schillinger
  • … the theatre is a wonderful testimony to the city's artistic flowering in the era of art nouveau.
  • —Robert Fox

First Known Use of flowering

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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