one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower.
Also flo·rette [flaw-ret, floh-] /flɔˈrɛt, floʊ-/. spun silk obtained from floss.
Origin of floret
1350–1400; Middle English flouret
< Old French florete,
diminutive of flor flower
; see -et
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Historical Examples of florette
When he returned, Florette had vanished; "run after the ensign," people said, and they were right.
Have I not, although desperately in love with Florette, respected the girl?
I shall run for Florette to the house of the worthy woman where I have concealed her.
(To Florette) Your excellent judgment has served you well, dear girl.
Happy as Florette was with her child, she did not long survive.
British Dictionary definitions for florette
a small flower, esp one of many making up the head of a composite flower
Word Origin for floret
C17: from Old French florete a little flower, from flor flower
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Word Origin and History for florette
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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