wild·flow·er | \ˈwī(-ə)ld-ˌflau̇(-ə)r \

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

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More than 500 acres were seeded with native grasses, wildflowers and other plants, plus the planting of some 45,000 trees and shrubs. Joseph Dits, Post-Tribune, "Fort Wayne builds berm to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes," 3 July 2018 Blue skies, green grass and colorful wildflowers create a scene that is inspiring and humbling. Discover Magazine, "5 Reasons Why Golfing in the Mountains Is Ideal," 25 June 2018 Summer wildflowers add a sprinkling of color, and keep an eye peeled for wildlife, drawn by the creeks and stock tanks in the pasture. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Short of maintaining your own hive, Matthews says, planting flowers, particularly native wildflowers, is the best thing a person can do to help bees. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 The sunshine also spurred a lot of growth, with brush and wildflowers growing tall and tunneling the ridgeline hike until the Junior Pole. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon race trail has it all: snow, lush vegetation, flowing water and lots of dust," 3 July 2018 The landscape is a wonderland of holly trees and stands of Native American beeches that have been untouched for centuries, gorgeous fields of wildflowers and, overhead, eagles, osprey and hawks. BostonGlobe.com, "How to do Cape Cod on a budget," 6 June 2018 The spongey soft grass, speckled with tiny orange wildflowers, was yet another perfect spot for a picnic, swim and nap. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yosemite backpacking with kids is worth a few tears," 26 Apr. 2018 More categories were added the second and third year — Texas wildflowers (for local and national submissions), cotton fields and ranch life. Terry Scott Bertling, San Antonio Express-News, "SA Art League & Museum to show coveted Davis Collection in June," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wildflower

1620, in the meaning defined above

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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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