[ bawl-flou-er ]
/ ˈbɔlˌflaʊ ər /
a medieval English ornament suggesting a flower of three or four petals enclosing and partly concealing a ball.
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British Dictionary definitions for ballflower
/ (ˈbɔːlˌflaʊə) /
architect a carved ornament in the form of a ball enclosed by the three petals of a circular flower
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