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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Rampant patches of wildflowers stretch out before you as native birds call to each other. Discover Magazine, "Why Hiking in Beaver Creek is Perfect for Budding Naturalists," 7 Aug. 2018 The half-mile hike to the Appalachian Trial is beautiful with the path from the parking area winding through a field filled with wildflowers. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Hike To Lions Head And A View That Will Make You Roar In Delight," 24 June 2018 Take photos in fields of wildflowers, under the budding orchards, or among the vines with the snowy peak and sweeping valley in the background. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "8 Wedding Venues with Jaw-Dropping Views," 22 Jan. 2018 The tour here winds through ancient oak woodlands, apple orchards, and meadows of wildflowers ending at the brand new Cellar Door, a sleek tasting room with rooftop patio. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kent Is Poised to Be the U.K.'s Napa Valley," 14 Sep. 2018 The newspaper reported that Sayers’ car remains in the parking lot at the trail head, with a spray of wildflowers placed on the hood. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Search for missing Seattle hiker goes into second week, with help from other agencies," 7 Aug. 2018 The property contains a wooded lot, two ponds that serve as flood protection and a wildflower garden. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Restored former academy, solar home open for annual tour in Libertyville," 29 May 2018 The native grasses grow in bunches, allowing a lot of room for wildflowers to grow around them. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "They followed Muir's footsteps across California, then found his words to describe it | The Sacramento Bee," 1 Apr. 2018 Spring is in full force this week, with the trout biting, wildflowers blooming and trailheads, six campgrounds and several lakes open for the summer season. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "High Sierra paradise for free (and for sale)," 21 June 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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