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variant of flori-: florist.
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Origin of flor.

From the Latin word flōruit
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What does flor- mean?

Flor– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “flower.” This form is occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in botany and biology.

Flor– ultimately comes from Latin flōs, meaning “flower.” The terms florescence (not to be confused with fluorescence), florid, and even flower are ultimately related to this same Latin root. Find out how at our entries for florescence and florid.

The Greek equivalents of flor– include the combining forms anth, antho, and, at the end of words, anthous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for these three forms.

What are variants of flor-?

Flor– is a variant of flori, which loses its –i– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use flori– article.

Examples of flor-

A term you have likely come across that features flor– is florist, “a retailer of flowers, ornamental plants, etc.”

We know that flor– means “flower.” The suffix ist may also seem familiar; it can indicate a person with a specific ideology, job, or lifestyle, among other things. Florist therefore means “someone in the flower business.”

What are some words that use the combining form flor-?

  • floral (using the equivalent form of flor– in Latin)
  • floret (using the equivalent form of flor– in French)
  • floristic

What are some other forms that flor– may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The suffix et is a diminutive, meaning it denotes that something is small. With this in mind, what is a floret?

How to use flor- in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for flor-


abbreviation for
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