[ flawr-it, flohr- ]
/ ˈflɔr ɪt, ˈfloʊr- /
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a small flower.
Botany. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy.
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.
Printing. flower (def. 6).
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How to use floret in a sentence
Even Florette became alarmed when he fiercely accused her of some share in the disappearance of the captive girl.
Well, whatever I may decide, I must this very evening snatch Florette from the danger that threatens her.
Whenever I think of Florette my mind turns to my brother and his austere life—his useful occupation, that puts mine to shame.
Tearful and absorbed in thought, Florette sat down where she was without noticing that her feet dipped in the water.
A girl of fifteen years—Florette—is seated at the edge of the stream on the fallen trunk of an old tree.
British Dictionary definitions for floret
/ (ˈflɔːrɪt) /
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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Scientific definitions for floret
[ flôr′ĭt ]
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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