- the plants of a particular region or period, listed by species and considered as a whole.
- a work systematically describing such plants.
- plants, as distinguished from fauna.
- the aggregate of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms normally occurring on or in the bodies of humans and other animals: intestinal flora.
Origin of flora
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for flora
Two weeks ago, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation pledged $5 million for the cause.Why Isn't Silicon Valley Doing More to Fight Ebola?
October 8, 2014
And the flora is a thousand times more complex than we ever imagined.
Yep, all the stuff the Clearasil pad missed is fertilizer for the flora carpeting your skin.
Flora and I have four young children, so I write late into the night—the only time our home is silent.
What is your process like with your partner, Flora Drew, when she is translating one of your books?
Here Flora tittered confusedly, and gave him one of her old glances.
The return of Mr Casby with his daughter Flora, put an end to these meditations.
Flora, uttering these words in a deep voice, enjoyed herself immensely.
Flora, who had seemed enchanting in all she said and thought, was diffuse and silly.
Flora, who had been spoiled and artless long ago, was determined to be spoiled and artless now.
- all the plant life of a given place or time
- a descriptive list of such plants, often including a key for identification
- short for intestinal flora
- the Roman goddess of flowers
Word Origin and History for flora
1777, "the plant life of a region or epoch," from Latin Flora, Roman goddess of flowers, from flos (genitive floris) "flower," from *flo-s-, Italic suffixed form of PIE *bhle- "to blossom, flourish" (cf. Middle Irish blath, Welsh blawd "blossom, flower," Old English blowan "to flower, bloom"), extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). Used as the title of descriptive plant catalogues since 1640s, but popularized by Linnaeus in his 1745 study of Swedish plants, "Flora Suecica."
- Plants considered as a group.
- The microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part.
- The plants of a particular region or time period.
- The bacteria and other microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part, such as the intestine.
Plants, especially the plants of a particular place and time.