noun, plural flo·ras, flo·rae [flawr-ee, flohr-ee] /ˈflɔr i, ˈfloʊr i/ for 2.
Origin of flora
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Historical Examples of 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
noun plural -ras or -rae (-riː)
Word Origin for flora
Word Origin for Flora
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."
n. pl. flo•ras
Plural floras florae (flôr′ē′)
Plants, especially the plants of a particular place and time.