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blossom

[blos-uh m] /ˈblɒs əm/
noun, Botany.
1.
the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.
2.
the state of flowering:
The apple tree is in blossom.
verb (used without object)
3.
Botany. to produce or yield blossoms.
4.
to flourish; develop (often followed by into or out):
a writer of commercial jingles who blossomed out into an important composer.
5.
(of a parachute) to open.
Origin of blossom
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English blosme, blossem, Old English blōstm(a), blōsma flower; cognate with Middle Dutch bloesem, Middle Low German blosem, blossem; (v.) Middle English blosmen, Old English blōstmian, derivative of the noun See bloom1, blow3
Related forms
blossomless, adjective
blossomy, adjective
outblossom, verb (used with object)
reblossom, verb (used without object)
unblossomed, adjective
unblossoming, adjective
Synonyms
4. thrive, bloom, burgeon, sprout.
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Examples from the Web for blossomed
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  • But the thought which had dimly haunted him that day blossomed on this evening.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • There had been a warm day, and the trees were clouds of green and more bushes had blossomed.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • No pains were taken with it, but it grew right along and blossomed freely.

  • A little patch of youth had blossomed in Grannie since the baby came.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • It blossomed in the sky over the bombers and in the middle of Red Flight.

British Dictionary definitions for blossomed

blossom

/ˈblɒsəm/
noun
1.
the flower or flowers of a plant, esp conspicuous flowers producing edible fruit
2.
the time or period of flowering (esp in the phrases in blossom, in full blossom)
verb (intransitive)
3.
(of plants) to come into flower
4.
to develop or come to a promising stage: youth had blossomed into maturity
Derived Forms
blossoming, noun, adjective
blossomless, adjective
blossomy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English blōstm; related to Middle Low German blōsem, Latin flōs flower
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Word Origin and History for blossomed

blossom

n.

c.1200, from Old English blostm, blostma "blossom, flower, fruit," from Proto-Germanic *blo-s- (cf. Middle Low German blosom, Dutch bloesem, German Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). This is the native word, now largely superseded by bloom and flower.

blossom

v.

late 14c., from Old English blostmian, from blostma "blossom, flower" (see blossom (n.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Blossomed; blossoming.

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