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

  • n. A small or reduced flower, especially one of the grasses and composite plants, such as a daisy.
  • n. Any of the tight, branched clusters of flower buds that together form a head of cauliflower or broccoli.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small flower, especially one of a cluster in a composite flower

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little flower; one of the numerous little flowers which compose the head or anthodium in such flowers as the daisy, thistle, and dandelion.
  • n. A foil; a blunt sword used in fencing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small flower in a cluster or in a compact inflorescence, as in the so-called compound flower of the Composit├Ž, or in the spikelet of grasses.
  • n. A fencing-sword with a button on the point; a foil.
  • n. In silk-manuf., a yarn or floss spun from the first and purest of the waste, and of higher quality than the noil yarn.

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

  • n. a diminutive flower (especially one that is part of a composite flower)


Middle English flouret, from Old French florete, diminutive of flor, flower; see flower.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French florete, diminutive of flor (Wiktionary)



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