- 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 flowersblossom, vine, perennial, herb, prosper, mature, unfold, burgeon, thrive, shoot, head, annual, efflorescence, posy, cluster, spray, floret, spike, bud, pompon
Examples from the Web for flowers
Contemporary Examples of flowers
Then he came to Rome last week with the flowers in his hand.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
He gazed at the flowers and the flickering candles, clearly moved.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
The girls ran in the same circle (Palmolive was also in the Flowers of Romance) and the group was looking for a guitarist.A First Lady of Punk Rock Talks
December 9, 2014
The flowers and leaves of this herb are used to make medications and the supplement is popularly used for depression.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
He loved planting unusual trees, shrubs, and flowers throughout the grounds, and carefully directed where each specimen would go.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Historical Examples of flowers
Paralus ever lived in affectionate communion with the birds and the flowers.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
A bee entered one of the chambers with a prophecy of flowers.Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Her mother took the bunch of flowers out of her hand and looked at it.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I think it very doubtful whether the boy lives who does not like flowers.
It was all very well for those two to enjoy her flowers; of course they would.
- 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.