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floret

[flawr-it, flohr-]
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noun
  1. a small flower.
  2. Botany. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy.
  3. one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower.
  4. Also flo·rette [flaw-ret, floh-] /flɔˈrɛt, floʊ-/. spun silk obtained from floss.
  5. Printing. flower(def 6).
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Origin of floret

1350–1400; Middle English flouret < Old French florete, diminutive of flor flower; see -et
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Related Words for floret

blossom, flower, bloom, floweret

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Historical Examples of floret

  • Floret, a single flower of a head or cluster, especially in Compositae.

    Seeds of Michigan Weeds

    W. J. (William James) Beal

  • Floret confessed to the Prvt of Paris that the whole affair was a deception, and on March 24, 1404, they were all duly burned.

  • Floret adhuc et adhuc florebit Florius haec specie floridus optat amans.

  • The relative positions of the parts of the floret are shown in the floral diagrams.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • If well rubbed after threshing, the floret is nearly smooth, otherwise it contains on the lower half numerous webby hairs.

    Seeds of Michigan Weeds

    W. J. (William James) Beal


British Dictionary definitions for floret

floret

noun
  1. a small flower, esp one of many making up the head of a composite flower
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Word Origin for floret

C17: from Old French florete a little flower, from flor flower
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for floret

n.

c.1400, flourette, from Old French florete "little flower; cheap silk material," diminutive of flor "flower," from Latin flora (see flora). Botany sense is from 1670s.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

floret in Science

floret

[flôrĭt]
  1. A small or reduced flower, especially one that is part of a larger inflorescence, such as those of the grasses and plants of the composite family.
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