- bearing flowers.
Origin of flowering
- the blossom of a plant.
- 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.
- a plant, considered with reference to its blossom or cultivated for its floral beauty.
- state of efflorescence or bloom: Peonies were in flower.
- an ornament representing a flower.
- Also called fleuron, floret. Printing. an ornamental piece of type, especially a stylized floral design, often used in a line to decorate chapter headings, page borders, or bindings.
- an ornament or adornment.
- the finest or most flourishing period: Poetic drama was in flower in Elizabethan England.
- the best or finest member or part of a number, body, or whole: the flower of American youth.
- the finest or choicest product or example.
- flowers, (used with a singular verb) Chemistry. a substance in the form of a fine powder, especially as obtained by sublimation: flowers of sulfur.
- to produce flowers; blossom; come to full bloom.
- to come out into full development; mature.
- to cover or deck with flowers.
- to decorate with a floral design.
Origin of flower
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Examples from the Web for flowering
She is a young television mogul, actress, comedy writer, and flowering feminist in the public eye.Comedians and Feminism Getting Laughs
October 23, 2014
But the other side of the coin would be, inevitably, the flowering of crime and corruption around the gambling business.Putin's Crimea Is a Big Anti-Gay Casino
September 8, 2014
Israel is a nation state like many nation states established as part of the flowering of nineteenth century European nationalism.An Ahistorical Tantrum In The Times
March 13, 2013
And now spring is upon us—surely there is another Bolaño flowering.Beyond Another Bolaño Release: Other Great Latino Writers
April 20, 2012
It was a typical suburban dwelling with a verdant lawn and lots of flowering shrubs.My Time With Betty Ford
July 10, 2011
The garden at the back was full of flowering cherries and plums.Howards End
E. M. Forster
But Madame Beattie was tired, though this was the flowering of her later life.The Prisoner
All other nations had had their flowering time and had faded out.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Flowering beans and peas trailed their sprays upon the ground.A Woman who went to Alaska
May Kellogg Sullivan
It is of much greater value at the time of flowering than when the seed is ripe.Cattle and Their Diseases
- (of certain species of plants) capable of producing conspicuous flowersa flowering ash
- a bloom or blossom on a plant
- a plant that bears blooms or blossoms
- the reproductive structure of angiosperm plants, consisting normally of stamens and carpels surrounded by petals and sepals all borne on the receptacle (one or more of these structures may be absent). In some plants it is conspicuous and brightly coloured and attracts insects or other animals for pollinationRelated adjective: floral Related prefix: antho-
- any similar reproductive structure in other plants
- the prime; peakin the flower of his youth
- the choice or finest product, part, or representativethe flower of the young men
- a decoration or embellishment
- printing a type ornament, used with others in borders, chapter headings, etc
- Also called: fleuron an embellishment or ornamental symbol depicting a flower
- (plural) fine powder, usually produced by sublimationflowers of sulphur
- (intr) to produce flowers; bloom
- (intr) to reach full growth or maturity
- (tr) to deck or decorate with flowers or floral designs
Word Origin and History for flowering
c.1200, "be vigorous, prosper, thrive," from flower (n.). Of a plant or bud, "to blossom," c.1300. Related: Flowered; flowering.
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.
- 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.