- flour beetle,
- flour mill,
- flour mite,
- flour moth,
- flow breccia,
- flow chart
Origin of flourishing
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of flourish
Examples from the Web for flourishing
Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.
Strangio is at his best when exposing what appears to be a flourishing civil society in Cambodia.
The Barzani government, on the other hand, has had flourishing ties with Turkey.PKK Kurdish Terrorists Are Fighting IS Terrorists With U.S. Help|Thomas Seibert|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there was certainly a flourishing of it right after World War II.
So yes, couture is alive and flourishing, thanks to wealth located far from its spiritual home of Paris.What’s Haute, What’s Not: The Meaning of Modern Couture|Liza Foreman|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Missions now depopulated—their happy and flourishing state under the Jesuits.Buenos Ayres and the Provinces of the Rio de La Plata|Woodbine Parish
Strong, healthy, and flourishing nations increase in numbers.The German War|Arthur Conan Doyle
They savagely blustered, flourishing their revolvers recklessly.The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop|Hamlin Garland
And there the two branches still are, flourishing side by side.Dear Enemy|Jean Webster
I always used to see in modest homes great tubs each with a flourishing Oleander tree.Old-Time Gardens|Alice Morse Earle
- the state of flourishing
- the state of flowering
Word Origin for flourish
c.1500, "a blossom," from flourish (v.). Meaning "ostentatious waving of a weapon" is from 1550s; that of "literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c.1600.
c.1300, "to blossom, grow," from Old French floriss-, stem of florir "blossom, flower, bloom, flourish," from Latin florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," figuratively "to flourish, be prosperous," from flos "a flower" (see flora).
Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. Meaning "to brandish (a weapon)" first attested late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.