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

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a 1,000-square-mile wilderness that straddles three counties and is a popular destination for wildflower enthusiasts, hikers and campers. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Only 4 rangers patrolling 1,000-square-mile Anza-Borrego desert," 17 June 2018 Volunteers will clean debris in and around the river, remove buckthorn and other invasive species near the waterway, and also help with native wildflower plantings in Heritage Park. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit for the week of May 13," 15 May 2018 From then on, the gardens have been inhabited with brightly colored wildflowers year-round, especially in the spring. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "A former lawn sets the stage for a wildflower super bloom in Woodland Hills," 15 May 2018 The company also is asking customers to keep bees buzzing by planting wildflowers native to their region. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free ice cream cones at Haagen-Dazs on May 8," 4 May 2018 Botanist Scott Namestnik will lead a spring ephemeral wildflower hike from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Myrna J. Newgent Nature Preserve. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 25 Apr. 2018 Olivia walked down an aisle of wildflower arrangements by Hops Petunia to Van Morrison’s ‘Sweet Thing’, played by friends Kevin Morby, Andy Jenkins; and Jarvis Taveniere and Jeremy Earl from the band, Woods. John Dolan, Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR.com's Olivia Fleming Married Matt Rubin in the Ultimate Barn Wedding," 25 Apr. 2018 Image At Bianca Saunders’s debut presentation at London Fashion Week Men’s last Saturday, an all-black cast of models in the designer’s casually elegant clothing slouched around looking forlorn and holding glasses of milk and wildflowers. New York Times, "Brand to Know: An Emerging Line That Explores Black Masculinity," 19 June 2018 Spring and wildflowers are arriving from 7,500 feet and up. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Trails, camps, lakes open for summer in Land of Muir," 17 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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