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

  • n. The reproductive structure of some seed-bearing plants, characteristically having either specialized male or female organs or both male and female organs, such as stamens and a pistil, enclosed in an outer envelope of petals and sepals.
  • n. Such a structure having showy or colorful parts; a blossom.
  • n. A plant that is cultivated or appreciated for its blossoms.
  • n. The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower.
  • n. Something, such as an ornament or a figure of speech, that resembles a flower in shape, fineness, or attractiveness.
  • n. The period of highest development; the peak. See Synonyms at bloom1.
  • n. The highest example or best representative: the flower of our generation.
  • n. A natural development or outgrowth: "His attitude was simply a flower of his general good nature” ( Henry James).
  • n. Chemistry A fine powder produced by condensation or sublimation of a compound.
  • intransitive v. To produce a flower or flowers; blossom.
  • intransitive v. To develop naturally or fully; mature: His artistic talents flowered early.
  • transitive v. To decorate with flowers or with a floral pattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A colorful, conspicuous structure associated with angiosperms, frequently scented and attracting various insects, and which may or may not be used for sexual reproduction.
  • n. A reproductive structure in angiosperms (flowering plants), often conspicuously colourful and typically including sepals, petals, and either or both stamens and/or a pistil.
  • n. A plant that bears flowers, especially a plant that is small and lacks wood.
  • n. Of plants, a state of bearing blooms.
  • n. The vulva, especially the labia majora.
  • n. The best examples or representatives of a group.
  • n. The best state of things; the prime.
  • n. Flour.
  • v. To put forth blooms.
  • v. To reach a state of full development or great achievement.
  • n. Something that flows, such as a river.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In the popular sense, the bloom or blossom of a plant; the showy portion, usually of a different color, shape, and texture from the foliage.
  • n. That part of a plant destined to produce seed, and hence including one or both of the sexual organs; an organ or combination of the organs of reproduction, whether inclosed by a circle of foliar parts or not. A complete flower consists of two essential parts, the stamens and the pistil, and two floral envelopes, the corolla and callyx. In mosses the flowers consist of a few special leaves surrounding or subtending organs called archegonia. See Blossom, and Corolla.
  • n. The fairest, freshest, and choicest part of anything; ; the state or time of freshness and bloom.
  • n. Grain pulverized; meal; flour.
  • n. A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation.
  • n. A figure of speech; an ornament of style.
  • n. Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.
  • n. Menstrual discharges.
  • intransitive v. To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers.
  • intransitive v. To come into the finest or fairest condition.
  • intransitive v. To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer.
  • intransitive v. To come off as flowers by sublimation.
  • transitive v. To embellish with flowers; to adorn with imitated flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany: A growth comprising the reproductive organs of a phenogamous plant and their envelops.
  • n. In popular language: Any blossom or inflorescence.
  • n. Any plant considered with reference to its blossom, or of which the blossom is the essential feature; a plant cultivated for its floral beauty.
  • n. The best or finest of a number of persons or things, or the choice part of a thing: as, the flower of the family.
  • n. That state or part of anything which may be likened to the flowering state of a plant; especially, the early period of life or of adult age; youthful vigor; prime: as, the flower of youth or manhood; the flower of beauty.
  • n. A figure of speech; an ornament of style.
  • n. In printing, a type of decorative design used in borders, or in constructed typographic head-bands or ornaments, or with an initial letter.
  • n. Eccles., an ornament of a chasuble, consisting in gold or other embroidery of branching or floreated patterns, extending over the upper part of the back, about the shoulders, and sometimes also in front, so as to cover the chest.
  • n. The finest part of grain pulverized. See flour.
  • n. plural In chem., fine particles of a substance, especially when raised by fire in sublimation, and adhering to the heads of vessels in the form of a powder or mealy deposit: as, the flowers of sulphur.
  • n. plural The menstrual flow.
  • To blossom; bloom; produce flowers; come into bloom or a blooming condition, literally or figuratively.
  • To flourish; be in a flourishing or vigorous condition.
  • To froth; ferment gently; mantle, as new beer.
  • To come as froth or cream from the surface.
  • Plants cultivated especially for their flowers.
  • To cover or embellish with flowers, or figures or imitations of flowers, as ribbons, lace, gloves, glass, etc.

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

  • v. produce or yield flowers
  • n. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
  • n. a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
  • n. reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts

Etymologies

Middle English flour, from Old French flor, from Latin flōs, flōr-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English flour, from Anglo-Norman flur, from Latin flōrem, accusative of flōs, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃ (“to thrive, bloom”). Replaced Middle English blosme, blossem ("flower, blossom") (more at blossom). (Wiktionary)
to flow + -er (Wiktionary)

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