[ flou-er-lis ]

  1. having or producing no flowers.

  2. Botany. having no true seeds; cryptogamic.

Origin of flowerless

First recorded in 1490–1500; flower + -less

Other words from flowerless

  • flow·er·less·ness, noun

Words Nearby flowerless

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How to use flowerless in a sentence

  • The earliest forms of which we have any knowledge were flowerless plants, which produced minute spores instead of seeds.

    Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
  • There are about 110,000 species of flowering plants and nearly as many flowerless plants.

    A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
  • Writing of these flowerless beauties, I am tempted to exclaim again, "Happy the humble!"

    A Rambler's lease | Bradford Torrey
  • Its stem is thin but hard, and much branched, the numerous flowerless branches usually forming a dense tuft close to the ground.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • The jubilant cry from the flowering thorn to the flowerless willow, "smite, smite, smite."

    Foe-Farrell | Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for flowerless


/ (ˈflaʊəlɪs) /

  1. designating any plant that does not produce seeds: See cryptogam

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