wild·​flow·​er ˈwī(-ə)ld-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce wildflower (audio)
: the flower of a wild or uncultivated plant or the plant bearing it

Example Sentences

a field full of wildflowers
Recent Examples on the Web Despite that, poppy seekers are driving out to the desert each week to get a glimpse — and plenty of photos — of California’s iconic wildflower. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2023 In 2021, the nonprofit filed a lawsuit against the federal wildlife agency, demanding protection for the wildflower. Noor Adatia, Dallas News, 11 Apr. 2023 But the project still faces a significant legal and regulatory challenge in developing a mining operations plan that will provide adequate protection for the endangered Nevada wildflower, Tiehm’s buckwheat. Scott Sonner, Fortune, 14 Jan. 2023 When the meadow is established, replace it with a metal sign that identifies your yard as a native wildflower meadow. Anne Readel, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Apr. 2023 Here’s a local’s rundown on the best time to visit Colorado, including when to go to avoid the crowds, see wildflowers, and ski. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2023 The parallel to bees extends to the Siponey name, and in the ingredients of their flagship cocktail, the Siponey Royale, which combines a New York State-local wildflower honey with aged rye whiskey, real lemon juice and sparkling water. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 Wood Ya Honey, a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wheat-wine style with local wildflower honey. • Seared lamb chop. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 Jan. 2023 More grass lawns were ripped up to plant native-plant gardens and wildflower meadows, and vegetable gardening saw a boom. Leanne Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wildflower was in 1620

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“Wildflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildflower. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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

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