- a small flower.
- Botany. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy.
- one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower.
- Also flo·rette [flaw-ret, floh-] /flɔˈrɛt, floʊ-/. spun silk obtained from floss.
- Printing. flower(def 6).
Origin of floret
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Floret, a single flower of a head or cluster, especially in Compositae.
Floret confessed to the Prvt of Paris that the whole affair was a deception, and on March 24, 1404, they were all duly burned.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III
Henry Charles Lea
Floret adhuc et adhuc florebit Florius haec specie floridus optat amans.Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592
The relative positions of the parts of the floret are shown in the floral diagrams.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
If well rubbed after threshing, the floret is nearly smooth, otherwise it contains on the lower half numerous webby hairs.
- a small flower, esp one of many making up the head of a composite flower
C17: from Old French florete a little flower, from flor flower
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Word Origin and History for floret
c.1400, flourette, from Old French florete "little flower; cheap silk material," diminutive of flor "flower," from Latin flora (see flora). Botany sense is from 1670s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small or reduced flower, especially one that is part of a larger inflorescence, such as those of the grasses and plants of the composite family.
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