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flower

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noun flow·er \ˈflau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of flower

  1. 1a :  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 :  blossomb :  a cluster of small flowers growing closely together that resembles and is often viewed as a single flower :  inflorescence a hydrangea flowerc :  a plant grown or valued for its flowers planted flowers in the front yardd :  a cut stem of a plant with its flower a bouquet of flowerse :  2bloom 1b lilacs in full flower

  2. 2a :  the best part or example the flower of our youthb :  the finest most vigorous period wasted the flower of their livesc :  a state of blooming or flourishing in full flower

  3. 3 flowers plural :  a finely divided powder produced especially by condensation or sublimation flowers of sulfur

flowered

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)rd\ adjective

flowerful

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-fəl\ adjective

flowerless

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-ləs\ adjective

flowerlike

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of flower in a Sentence

  1. We planted flowers in the garden.

  2. He sent her a bouquet of flowers.

  3. He wore a single flower in his lapel.

Illustration of flower

Origin and Etymology of flower

Middle English flour flower, best of anything, flour, from Anglo-French flur, flour, flaur, from Latin flor-, flos — more at blow


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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flower

verb flow·er

Definition of flower

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  develop flowered into young womanhoodb :  flourish 2

  3. 2 :  to produce flowers :  blossom

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to bear flowers

  6. 2 :  to decorate with flowers or floral designs

flowerer

play \ˈflau̇(-ə)r-ər\ noun

Examples of flower in a Sentence

  1. This tree flowers in early spring.

  2. The plant will flower every other year.

  3. His genius flowered at the university.

  4. a political movement that began to flower during the 1960s

Origin and Etymology of flower

see 1flower


First Known Use: 13th century



FLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

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flower

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noun flow·er \ˈflau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of flower for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a plant that is often brightly colored, that usually lasts a short time, and from which the seed or fruit develops

  • : a small plant that is grown for its beautiful flowers

  • : a cut stem of a plant with its flower

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flower

verb flow·er

Definition of flower for English Language Learners

  • : to produce flowers

  • : to develop or grow in a successful way


FLOWER Defined for Kids

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flower

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noun flow·er \ˈflau̇-ər\

Definition of flower for Students

  1. 1 :  a plant part that produces seed

  2. 2 :  a small plant grown chiefly for its showy flowers

  3. 3 :  the state of bearing flowers in full flower

  4. 4 :  the best part or example in the flower of youth

flowered

\-ərd\ adjective

flowerless

\-ər-ləs\ adjective

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flower

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verb flow·er

Definition of flower for Students

flowered

;

flowering

  1. :  2bloom 1



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