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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A condition, time, or period of flowering. See Synonyms at bloom1.

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  • n. The time, or the condition of budding or flowering

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bursting into flower; a blossoming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a bursting into flower; the state of being in bloom; inflorescence; anthesis.
  • n. A flowering or blossoming out; growth; development; maturity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms

Etymologies

New Latin flōrēscentia, from Latin flōrēscēns, flōrēscent-, present participle of flōrēscere, inchoative of flōrēre, to flower, bloom; see flourish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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