Flowers



[flou-er] /ˈflaʊ ər/

noun
1.
the blossom of a plant.
2.
Botany.

3.
a plant, considered with reference to its blossom or cultivated for its floral beauty.
4.
state of efflorescence or bloom:
Peonies were in flower.
5.
an ornament representing a flower.
6.
Also called fleuron, floret. Printing. an ornamental piece of type, especially a stylized floral design, often used in a line to decorate chapter headings, page borders, or bindings.
7.
an ornament or adornment.
8.
the finest or most flourishing period:
Poetic drama was in flower in Elizabethan England.
9.
the best or finest member or part of a number, body, or whole:
the flower of American youth.
10.
the finest or choicest product or example.
11.
flowers, (used with a singular verb) Chemistry. a substance in the form of a fine powder, especially as obtained by sublimation:
flowers of sulfur.
verb (used without object)
12.
to produce flowers; blossom; come to full bloom.
13.
to come out into full development; mature.
verb (used with object)
14.
to cover or deck with flowers.
15.
to decorate with a design.
/ˈflaʊə/
noun
1.

2.
the reproductive structure of angiosperm plants, consisting normally of stamens and carpels surrounded by petals and sepals all borne on the receptacle (one or more of these structures may be absent). In some plants it is conspicuous and brightly coloured and attracts insects or other animals for pollination related adjective floral related prefix antho-
3.
any similar reproductive structure in other plants
4.
the prime; peak: in the flower of his youth
5.
the choice or finest product, part, or representative: the flower of the young men
6.
a decoration or embellishment
7.
(printing) a type ornament, used with others in borders, chapter headings, etc
8.
Also called fleuron. an embellishment or ornamental symbol depicting a flower
9.
(pl) fine powder, usually produced by sublimation: flowers of sulphur
verb
10.
(intransitive) to produce flowers; bloom
11.
(intransitive) to reach full growth or maturity
12.
(transitive) to deck or decorate with flowers or floral designs
n.

c.1200, from Old French flor “flower, blossom; heyday, prime; fine flour; elite; innocence, virginity” (Modern French fleur), from Latin florem (nominative flos) “flower” (source of Italian fiore, Spanish flor; see flora).

Modern spelling is 14c. Ousted Old English cognate blostm (see blossom (n.)). Also used from 13c. in sense of “finest part or product of anything” and from c.1300 in the sense of “virginity.” Flower children “gentle hippies” is from 1967.
v.

c.1200, “be vigorous, prosper, thrive,” from flower (n.). Of a plant or bud, “to blossom,” c.1300. Related: Flowered; flowering.

flowers flow·ers (flou’ərz)
pl.n.
A fine powder produced by condensation or sublimation of a compound.
flower
(flou’ər)

The reproductive structure of the seed-bearing plants known as angiosperms. A flower may contain up to four whorls or arrangements of parts: carpels, stamens, petals, and sepals. The female reproductive organs consist of one or more carpels. Each carpel includes an ovary, style, and stigma. A single carpel or a group of fused carpels is sometimes called a pistil. The male reproductive parts are the stamens, made up of a filament and anther. The reproductive organs may be enclosed in an inner whorl of petals and an outer whorl of sepals. Flowers first appeared over 120 million years ago and have evolved a great diversity of forms and coloration in response to the agents that pollinate them. Some flowers produce nectar to attract animal pollinators, and these flowers are often highly adapted to specific groups of pollinators. Flowers pollinated by moths, such as species of jasmine and nicotiana, are often pale and fragrant in order to be found in the evening, while those pollinated by birds, such as fuschias, are frequently red and odorless, since birds have good vision but a less developed sense of smell. Wind-pollinated flowers, such as those of oak trees or grass, are usually drab and inconspicuous. See Note at pollination.

The part of a plant that produces the seed. It usually contains petals, a pistil, and pollen-bearing stamens.

noun

Related Terms

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Very few species of flowers are mentioned in the Bible although they abounded in Palestine. It has been calculated that in Western Syria and Palestine from two thousand to two thousand five hundred plants are found, of which about five hundred probably are British wild-flowers. Their beauty is often alluded to (Cant. 2:12; Matt. 6:28). They are referred to as affording an emblem of the transitory nature of human life (Job 14:2; Ps. 103:15; Isa. 28:1; 40:6; James 1:10). Gardens containing flowers and fragrant herbs are spoken of (Cant. 4:16; 6:2).

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