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flower

[ flou-er ]
/ ˈflaʊ ər /
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noun
verb (used without object)
to produce flowers; blossom; come to full bloom.
to come out into full development; mature.
verb (used with object)
to cover or deck with flowers.
to decorate with a floral design.
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Origin of flower

1150–1200; Middle English flour flower, best of anything <Old French flor, flour, flur<Latin flōr- (stem of flōs). Cf. blossom

OTHER WORDS FROM flower

re·flow·er, verb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH flower

flour, flower
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British Dictionary definitions for flower

flower
/ (ˈflaʊə) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of flower

flower-like, adjective

Word Origin for flower

C13: from Old French flor, from Latin flōs; see blow ³
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Scientific definitions for flower

flower
[ flouər ]

The reproductive structure of the seed-bearing plants known as angiosperms. A flower may contain up to four whorls or arrangements of parts: carpels, stamens, petals, and sepals. The female reproductive organs consist of one or more carpels. Each carpel includes an ovary, style, and stigma. A single carpel or a group of fused carpels is sometimes called a pistil. The male reproductive parts are the stamens, made up of a filament and anther. The reproductive organs may be enclosed in an inner whorl of petals and an outer whorl of sepals. Flowers first appeared over 120 million years ago and have evolved a great diversity of forms and coloration in response to the agents that pollinate them. Some flowers produce nectar to attract animal pollinators, and these flowers are often highly adapted to specific groups of pollinators. Flowers pollinated by moths, such as species of jasmine and nicotiana, are often pale and fragrant in order to be found in the evening, while those pollinated by birds, such as fuschias, are frequently red and odorless, since birds have good vision but a less developed sense of smell. Wind-pollinated flowers, such as those of oak trees or grass, are usually drab and inconspicuous. See Note at pollination.
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Cultural definitions for flower

flower

The part of a plant that produces the seed. It usually contains petals, a pistil, and pollen-bearing stamens.

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