flowering plant


plural flowering plants
: any of a class (Angiospermae) of vascular plants that have male and female reproductive structures enclosed in a flower, that have seeds which arise from ovules contained in the ovaries, and that produce dry or fleshy fruits after double fertilization : angiosperm
The butterflies feed off the nectar of any flowering plant and lay their eggs on what's called a host plant.Michael Fitzpatrick
About 75% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators and over 200,000 species of animals act as pollinators.Steve Smith
Duckweed, the smallest flowering plant, measures less than 5 millimeters across.Timothy Cooney et al.

Examples of flowering plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Folk medicine prescribes this flowering plant to soothe pain and heal burns and wounds, thanks to its anti-inflammatory chemicals. Adrienne Mayor, Discover Magazine, 28 May 2024 Supplement the flowering plants with a high-quality hummingbird feeder kept regularly filled with a mix of four parts of water to one part sugar (no food coloring added). Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 May 2024 Little by little, petal by petal, the history of flowering plants is coming into focus. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, 11 May 2024 Foxgloves are perhaps the easiest of the towering flowering plants to grow. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for flowering plant 

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Word History

First Known Use

1725, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flowering plant was in 1725

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“Flowering plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flowering%20plant. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

flowering plant

: any of a major group of higher plants that produce flowers, fruits, and seeds with the seeds in a closed ovary

called also angiosperm

compare seed plant

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