[ flawr-uh, flohr-uh ]
/ ˈflɔr ə, ˈfloʊr ə /
noun, plural flo·ras, flo·rae [flawr-ee, flohr-ee] /ˈflɔr i, ˈfloʊr i/ for 2.
the plants of a particular region or period, listed by species and considered as a whole.
a work systematically describing such plants.
plants, as distinguished from fauna.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM florasub·flo·ra, noun, plural sub·flo·ras, sub·flo·rae.
Words nearby flora
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Example sentences from the Web for florae
The same poet has represented her in her garden with the Florae gathering flowers and the Graces making garlands of them.Flowers and Flower-Gardens|David Lester Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for florae (1 of 2)
/ (ˈflɔːrə) /
noun plural -ras or -rae (-riː)
all the plant life of a given place or time
a descriptive list of such plants, often including a key for identification
short for intestinal flora
Word Origin for flora
C18: from New Latin, from Latin Flōra goddess of flowers, from flōs flower
British Dictionary definitions for florae (2 of 2)
/ (ˈflɔːrə) /
the Roman goddess of flowers
Word Origin for Flora
C16: from Latin, from flōs flower
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Medical definitions for florae
[ flôr′ə ]
n. pl. flo•ras
Plants considered as a group.
The microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part.
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Scientific definitions for florae
[ flôr′ə ]
Plural floras florae (flôr′ē′)
The plants of a particular region or time period.
The bacteria and other microorganisms that normally inhabit a bodily organ or part, such as the intestine.
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Cultural definitions for florae
[ (flawr-uh) ]
Plants, especially the plants of a particular place and time.
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