from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A flower or cluster of flowers.
  • noun The condition or time of flowering.
  • noun A condition or period of maximum development. synonym: bloom.
  • intransitive verb To come into flower; bloom.
  • intransitive verb To develop; flourish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To put forth blossoms or flowers; bloom; blow; flower: often used figuratively.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The state of flowering or bearing flowers; bloom: as, the apple-tree is in blossom.
  • noun Any person, thing, state, or condition likened to a blossom or to the bloom of a plant.
  • noun A color consisting of a white ground mingled evenly with sorrel and bay, occurring in the coats of some horses.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The flower of a plant, or the essential organs of reproduction, with their appendages; florescence; bloom; the flowers of a plant, collectively.
  • noun A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise.
  • noun The color of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs; -- otherwise called peach color.
  • noun having the blossoms open; in bloom.
  • intransitive verb To put forth blossoms or flowers; to bloom; to blow; to flower.
  • intransitive verb To flourish and prosper; to develop into a superior type.
  • intransitive verb to appear or grow as if by blossoming; to spread out rapidly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A flower, especially indicative of fruit as seen on a fruit tree etc.; taken collectively as the mass of such flowers.
  • noun The state or season of producing such flowers.
  • verb intransitive To have or open into blossoms; to bloom.
  • verb intransitive To begin to thrive or flourish.

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

  • verb develop or come to a promising stage
  • noun the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  • noun reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
  • verb produce or yield flowers


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

[Middle English, from Old English blōstm; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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