- the part of a seed plant comprising the reproductive organs and their envelopes if any, especially when such envelopes are more or less conspicuous in form and color.
- an analogous reproductive structure in other plants, as the mosses.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of flower
Synonyms for flower
Related Words for flowerblossom, vine, perennial, herb, prosper, mature, unfold, burgeon, thrive, shoot, head, annual, efflorescence, posy, cluster, spray, floret, spike, bud, pompon
Examples from the Web for flower
Contemporary Examples of flower
He felt his body grow limp (like one of those high-speed films of a flower wilting).Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
I decorated with marigolds, which are considered the flower of the dead.New Orleans’ Carnivalesque Day of the Dead
November 1, 2014
“A flower crown more appropriately aligned with who I am and where we were,” says Greenstein.
Let the flower crown represent you, or rather go on and represent the flower crown—preferably on a farm somewhere.
Every flower, every blade of grass, every tree had to be created in CG.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
Historical Examples of flower
My plan was to reduce each man's ration of flower from 7lbs.
The elms are in tenderest leaf, the hawthorn bursting into flower.The Conquest of Fear
No; the steam-engine is the better thing, for it has the soul of a man in it, and the flower has no soul at all.
If God be not, then steam-engine and flower are in the same category.
She will like this flower, and she will like you to bring it to her.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- a bloom or blossom on a plant
- a plant that bears blooms or blossoms
Word Origin for flower
c.1200, from Old French flor "flower, blossom; heyday, prime; fine flour; elite; innocence, virginity" (Modern French fleur), from Latin florem (nominative flos) "flower" (source of Italian fiore, Spanish flor; see flora).
Modern spelling is 14c. Ousted Old English cognate blostm (see blossom (n.)). Also used from 13c. in sense of "finest part or product of anything" and from c.1300 in the sense of "virginity." Flower children "gentle hippies" is from 1967.
c.1200, "be vigorous, prosper, thrive," from flower (n.). Of a plant or bud, "to blossom," c.1300. Related: Flowered; flowering.