wild·​flow·​er | \ ˈwī(-ə)ld-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce wildflower (audio) \

Definition of wildflower

: the flower of a wild or uncultivated plant or the plant bearing it

Examples of wildflower in a Sentence

a field full of wildflowers
Recent Examples on the Web The season also heralds longer days and a burst of wildflowers that contrast with the green of the cacti and the reddish brown earth to create a technicolor wonderland. Kate Wertheimer, Sunset Magazine, "National Parks Will Be Free These Five Days in 2020–Here’s Where to Go When," 8 Jan. 2020 In fields that lie fallow for two or three years, different wildflower communities thrive. Adrian Higgins, chicagotribune.com, "Exploring the wild beauty of Scotland’s Western Isles," 18 Oct. 2019 Compounding the problem is that invasive European grasses first brought in on the hooves of Spanish cattle have replaced many of the tough native bunch grasses, wildflowers, and original chaparral that are adapted not to burn as easily. David Helvarg, National Geographic, "How will California prevent more mega-wildfire disasters?," 20 Dec. 2019 The wildflowers, in turn, produce seeds that sustain native insects and birds during the winter. NBC News, "Saving Oklahoma's prairies, a vital weapon against climate change," 30 Nov. 2019 Spring: Thanks to abundant wildflowers and mild temperatures, spring is the most popular season in Joshua Tree. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide," 28 Oct. 2019 Besides honey, the beer has notes of black pepper, wildflower, and pear. John Kell, Fortune, "Craft Breweries Are Going Hyper-Local to Source Ingredients," 21 Sep. 2019 Today, people celebrate May Day on May 1 by dancing around a maypole decorated with colorful ribbons, gathering wildflowers, and sometimes electing a May Queen. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "How Midsommar's May Queen Scene Connects To A Real Swedish Legend," 5 July 2019 Native grasses, beach shrubs and annual wildflowers planted. SFChronicle.com, "Habitat restoration sites in the Presidio," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wildflower

1620, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2020

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“Wildflower.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildflower. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wildflower

: a flower that grows in natural places without being planted by people


wild·​flow·​er | \ ˈwīld-ˌflau̇-ər \

Kids Definition of wildflower

: the flower of a wild plant or the plant bearing it

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