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

  • n. The period during which a flower is fully open and functional.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The event of a flower opening.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The period or state of full expansion in a flower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The period or act of expansion in flowers.

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

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


Greek anthēsis, flowering, from anthein, to bloom, from anthos, flower.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek ἄνθος (anthos, "flower"), + -ησις, suffix indicating an event. (Wiktionary)



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