ray flower

noun

Definition of ray flower

1 : one of the marginal flowers of the head in a composite plant (such as the aster) that also has disk flowers
2 : the entire head in a plant (such as chicory) that lacks disk flowers

First Known Use of ray flower

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ray flower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ray%20flower. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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