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flora

[flawr-uh, flohr-uh]
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noun, plural flo·ras, flo·rae [flawr-ee, flohr-ee] /ˈflɔr i, ˈfloʊr i/ for 2.
  1. the plants of a particular region or period, listed by species and considered as a whole.
  2. a work systematically describing such plants.
  3. plants, as distinguished from fauna.
  4. the aggregate of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms normally occurring on or in the bodies of humans and other animals: intestinal flora.
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Origin of flora

1655–65; < New Latin, Latin Flōra the Roman goddess of flowers (used from the 17th cent. in the titles of botanical works), derivative of Latin flōr- (stem of flōs) flower
Related formssub·flo·ra, noun, plural sub·flo·ras, sub·flo·rae.

Flora

[flawr-uh, flohr-uh]
noun
  1. a female given name.
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  • The return of Mr Casby with his daughter Flora, put an end to these meditations.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Flora, whom he had left a lily, had become a peony; but that was not much.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Flora, who had seemed enchanting in all she said and thought, was diffuse and silly.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Flora, who had been spoiled and artless long ago, was determined to be spoiled and artless now.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Here Flora tittered confusedly, and gave him one of her old glances.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for flora

flora

noun plural -ras or -rae (-riː)
  1. all the plant life of a given place or time
  2. a descriptive list of such plants, often including a key for identification
  3. short for intestinal flora
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Latin Flōra goddess of flowers, from flōs flower

Flora

noun
  1. the Roman goddess of flowers
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from flōs flower
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Word Origin and History for flora

n.

1777, "the plant life of a region or epoch," from Latin Flora, Roman goddess of flowers, from flos (genitive floris) "flower," from *flo-s-, Italic suffixed form of PIE *bhle- "to blossom, flourish" (cf. Middle Irish blath, Welsh blawd "blossom, flower," Old English blowan "to flower, bloom"), extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). Used as the title of descriptive plant catalogues since 1640s, but popularized by Linnaeus in his 1745 study of Swedish plants, "Flora Suecica."

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flora in Medicine

flora

(flôrə)
n. pl. flo•ras
  1. Plants considered as a group.
  2. The microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part.
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flora in Science

flora

[flôrə]
Plural floras florae (flôrē′)
  1. The plants of a particular region or time period.
  2. The bacteria and other microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part, such as the intestine.
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flora in Culture

flora

[(flawr-uh)]

Plants, especially the plants of a particular place and time.

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