American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A flower or cluster of flowers.
- n. The condition or time of flowering: peach trees in blossom.
- n. A period or condition of maximum development. See Synonyms at bloom1.
- v. To come into flower; bloom.
- v. To develop; flourish: The child blossomed into a beauty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The flower of a plant, usually more or less conspicuous from the colored leaflets which form it and which are generally of more delicate texture than the leaves of the plant. It is a general term, applicable to the essential organs of reproduction, with their appendages, of every species of tree or plant.
- n. The state of flowering or bearing flowers; bloom: as, the apple-tree is in blossom.
- n. Any person, thing, state, or condition likened to a blossom or to the bloom of a plant.
- n. A color consisting of a white ground mingled evenly with sorrel and bay, occurring in the coats of some horses.
- n. The outcrop of a coal-seam, usually consisting of decomposed shale mixed with coaly matter; also, sometimes, the appearance about the outcrop of any mineral lode in which oxidizable ores occur.
- To put forth blossoms or flowers; bloom; blow; flower: often used figuratively.
- n. A flower, especially indicative of fruit as seen on a fruit tree etc.; taken collectively as the mass of such flowers.
- n. The state or season of producing such flowers.
- v. intransitive To have or open into blossoms; to bloom.
- v. intransitive To begin to thrive or flourish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The flower of a plant, or the essential organs of reproduction, with their appendages; florescence; bloom; the flowers of a plant, collectively.
- n. A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise.
- n. The color of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs; -- otherwise called
- v. To put forth blossoms or flowers; to bloom; to blow; to flower.
- v. To flourish and prosper; to develop into a superior type.
- v. to appear or grow as if by blossoming; to spread out rapidly.
- v. develop or come to a promising stage
- n. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
- n. reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
- v. produce or yield flowers
- Middle English blosme, from Old English blōstm, blōstma, from Proto-Germanic *blōstama (compare West Frisian blossem, Dutch bloesem), enlargement of *blōstaz (compare German Blust), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃-s- ‘bloom, flower’ (compare Latin flōs ‘flower’, Flōra ‘goddess of plants’, Albanian bleron ("to blossom, thrive") ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- ‘to thrive, bloom’. More at blow. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English blōstm; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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