VIDEO FOR BLOSSOM
Watch This Word Come To Life: Blossom
Roxane Gay selected "blossom" as our Word of the Day. And, this video helps illustrate why it's such an engaging word.
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What does blossom mean?
In botany, a blossom is the flower of a plant, normally in its early stages and often referring to a flower that becomes edible fruit, such as apple and cherry blossoms.
In botanical terms, a blossom is a flower that is attached to an edible fruit, such as a tomato blossom, or plant that is known for a product that is not the flower, like a cactus.
Blossom also refers to the state of flowering, as in Washington, DC, looks lovely when all the cherry trees are in blossom.
To blossom means to produce blossoms. When a plant is blossoming, it has produced flower buds that are in the process of producing petals and opening.
Figuratively, to blossom means to flourish or to begin to succeed or develop. If someone tells you that you are blossoming into a good student, they mean you are getting better at your schoolwork or completing your schoolwork.
Example: The cherry blossoms unfolding are always the best part of April.
Where does blossom come from?
The first records of the term blossom come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English blōstma, meaning “flower.”
Blossoming can refer to anything that opens up similarly to how a flower unfolds. For example, parachutes are said to blossom, especially those that are wide or circular with folds that blossom like a flower as they rise into the sky. Butterflies are often said to blossom out of their cocoons and unfold their wings as a flower would blossom from a bud and unfold its petals.
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What are some other forms related to blossom?
- blossomless (adjective)
- blossomy (adjective)
- outblossom (verb)
- reblossom (verb)
- unblossomed (adjective)
What are some synonyms for blossom?
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How is blossom used in real life?
Blossom is most often used when referring to part of a flowering plant but is also used to refer to figurative blossoming.
"and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 24, 2015
The day you stop letting others tell you who you are is the day you will truly blossom
— J (@JVCKJ) March 29, 2017
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How to use blossom in a sentence
These sesame blossoms are inspired by that classic, as well as Syrian barazek, which you can find in many Middle Eastern bakeries, especially ones specializing in western Mediterranean cuisine.Tahini stands in for peanut butter in these nostalgic sesame blossoms|Kathryn Pauline|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
The right mix can help a cactus blossom, a peperomia propagate, or philodendron grow long enough to vine up a trellis.Indoor potting mixes for a thriving houseplant jungle|PopSci Commerce Team|September 24, 2020|Popular-Science
Within two or three weeks, the stalks swell into a multitude of meadow-grasses and blossoms as tall as my waist, fragrant and enveloping.What the Meadow Teaches Us - Issue 90: Something Green|Andreas Weber|September 16, 2020|Nautilus
Usually, when the moth smells the unaltered floral fragrance, it flies upwind and uses its long, skinny mouthparts to probe the tube the way that it would a blossom.This moth may outsmart smog by learning to like pollution-altered aromas|Carmen Drahl|September 11, 2020|Science News
Drones that blow pollen-laden bubbles onto blossoms could someday help farmers pollinate their crops.Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination|Maria Temming|June 22, 2020|Science News
Mayim Bialik and the cast of Blossom Charming family moment, or the beginning of a “Very Special Episode” of Blossom?The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic|Kevin Fallon|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My finger burned when it touched the blossom of lead embedded in the ceramic armor.
What Newman brought to the screen, what allowed him to blossom, was his ability to make Hud and Harper and Fast Eddie so familiar.
An orange blossom of flame exploded on our screens as a new reality dawned.
Sinatra left for Tokyo in April 1962, perfect for cherry-blossom time.
When they shall rush in unto Jacob, Israel shall blossom and bud, and they shall fill the face of the world with seed.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Her head, set off by her dainty white gown, suggested a rich, rare blossom.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
It will not long pause anywhere, and it easily leaves each blossom for a better.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
He had lost the dream that Tony but tended a blossom, the fruit of which would come sweetly to his plucking afterwards.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
The leaf is small and light green, and it is quite (p. 384) a showy plant when in blossom.