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floral

[flawr-uh l, flohr-] /ˈflɔr əl, ˈfloʊr-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or consisting of flowers:
floral decoration.
2.
of or relating to floras or a flora.
noun
3.
something, as a fabric, garment, wallpaper, or household item, having a floral pattern:
Let's replace these drapes with florals.
Origin of floral
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin Flōrālis pertaining to Flōra. See flora, -al1
Related forms
florally, adverb
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Examples from the Web for floral
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  • I skipped about among the floral tributes while he was talking.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • I ordered all my flowers from floral Park and my flower garden is lovely.

  • Captain Elisha, with a rueful smile, pointed to the floral centerpiece.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Of the latter, that which attracted us most might have passed for a floral conservatory.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • But he was busy arranging his floral tribute at the sideboard.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for floral

floral

/ˈflɔːrəl/
adjective
1.
decorated with or consisting of flowers or patterns of flowers
2.
of, relating to, or associated with flowers: floral leaves
Derived Forms
florally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for floral
adj.

1640s, "pertaining to Flora," from French floral (16c.), from Latin floralis "of flowers" (see flora). Meaning "pertaining to flowers" is from 1753.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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