[muhl-tuh-flawr-uh, -flohr-uh]


any of several plant varieties or hybrids characterized by many single, relatively small flowers, as certain kinds of petunias or roses.

Origin of multiflora

1820–30; < New Latin, a typical specific epithet of flowering plants; see multiflora rose Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for multiflora

Historical Examples of multiflora

  • Multiflora has been entirely discarded as a stock by English and Irish growers.

    Making a Rose Garden

    Henry H. Saylor

  • Congesta is a tall grower with purple-blue flowers; and other tall species with dark flowers are multiflora and californica.

    The Book of Bulbs

    Samuel Arnott

  • He drew nearer to the balcony, laying his hand upon the multiflora rose creeper.

  • There is also the malati china (Nyctanthes multiflora); the elegant bunga malati susun (Nyctanthes acuminata).

    The History of Sumatra

    William Marsden

Word Origin and History for multiflora

1829, from Latin multiflora (rosa), from fem. of multiflorus, from multi- (see multi-) + flor-, stem of flos (see florid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper