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wildflower

or wild flower

[wahyld-flou-er] /ˈwaɪldˌflaʊ ər/
noun
1.
the flower of a plant that normally grows in fields, forests, etc., without deliberate cultivation.
2.
the plant itself.
Origin of wildflower
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; wild + flower
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Examples from the Web for wild flower
Historical Examples
  • The prairies were perfectly lovely with their wild flower setting.

  • Sniff the scent out of a wild flower, and—perhaps—throw it away?

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • This it has done till, in our Eastern states, it is now classed as a wild flower.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • What was it that attracted this wild flower of the mountain to this man?

    The Nightrider's Feud Walter C. McConnell
  • Others, then, are desirous of claiming this wild flower for their own.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • And she was as shy and beautiful as a wild flower and as unspoiled.

    Kenny

    Leona Dalrymple
  • The springtide hue of the wild flower at her breast was matched in her cheek.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • I even saw a wild flower—an early buttercup, not an inch high—in bloom.

  • The only vegetation a short yellowed burnt-up grass,—not a wild flower or a daisy, if you travelled hundreds of hundreds of miles.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • Somehow she had found her way to the desert island—or did she spring up there like a wild flower?

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for wild flower

wild flower

noun
1.
Also wildflower. any flowering plant that grows in an uncultivated state
2.
the flower of such a plant
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