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Monday, May 01, 2017

Definitions for floriferous

  1. producing blossoms; flower-bearing.

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Citations for floriferous
... [Profusion zinnias] are so floriferous, the plants are covered with blooms, in fact, smothered might be a better word. Joan Lee Faust, "Zinnias Galore: Green Thumb Not Needed," New York Times, July 30, 2000
They were ushered through a hall that resembled most of the halls in the world ... into a large apartment looking through four French windows upon a verandah and a large floriferous garden. H. G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman, 1914
Origin of floriferous
1650-1660
The Latin adjective florifer “flower bearing” comes from two very common Proto-Indo-European roots, bher- “to carry, bear (in English)” and bhel- “to thrive, bloom (in English).” In English there was no clear distinction between flower and flour until the 18th century. Samuel Johnson (1709-84) in his Dictionary of the English Language (1755) used only the spelling flower and combined both senses into one entry. The Middle English meaning of flour comes from the metaphorical use of flower in the sense “the finest of its kind” (as in the flower of chivalry, or French fleur de farine “the flower of wheat”). Floriferous entered English in the 17th century.