Origin of flowering
- 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)
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Origin of flower
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Examples from the Web for flowering
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of flowering
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
- a bloom or blossom on a plant
- a plant that bears blooms or blossoms
Word Origin for flower
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.