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blossom

[blos-uh m]
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noun Botany.
  1. the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.
  2. the state of flowering: The apple tree is in blossom.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Botany. to produce or yield blossoms.
  2. to flourish; develop (often followed by into or out): a writer of commercial jingles who blossomed out into an important composer.
  3. (of a parachute) to open.
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Origin of blossom

before 900; (noun) Middle English blosme, blossem, Old English blōstm(a), blōsma flower; cognate with Middle Dutch bloesem, Middle Low German blosem, blossem; (v.) Middle English blosmen, Old English blōstmian, derivative of the noun See bloom1, blow3
Related formsblos·som·less, adjectiveblos·som·y, adjectiveout·blos·som, verb (used with object)re·blos·som, verb (used without object)un·blos·somed, adjectiveun·blos·som·ing, adjective

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4. thrive, bloom, burgeon, sprout.
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Historical Examples

  • Shut in the folded leaves of the unblossomed years some dreams of passion and some flower of love must lie for him—that she knew.

    Folle-Farine

    Ouida


British Dictionary definitions for unblossomed

blossom

noun
  1. the flower or flowers of a plant, esp conspicuous flowers producing edible fruit
  2. the time or period of flowering (esp in the phrases in blossom, in full blossom)
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verb (intr)
  1. (of plants) to come into flower
  2. to develop or come to a promising stageyouth had blossomed into maturity
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Derived Formsblossoming, noun, adjectiveblossomless, adjectiveblossomy, adjective

Word Origin

Old English blōstm; related to Middle Low German blōsem, Latin flōs flower
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Word Origin and History for unblossomed

blossom

n.

c.1200, from Old English blostm, blostma "blossom, flower, fruit," from Proto-Germanic *blo-s- (cf. Middle Low German blosom, Dutch bloesem, German Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). This is the native word, now largely superseded by bloom and flower.

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blossom

v.

late 14c., from Old English blostmian, from blostma "blossom, flower" (see blossom (n.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Blossomed; blossoming.

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