Definition of Flower

1. Noun. A plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms.

Generic synonyms: Angiosperm, Flowering Plant
Specialized synonyms: Bloomer, Paeony, Peony, Lesser Celandine, Pilewort, Ranunculus Ficaria, Adonis Annua, Pheasant's-eye, Anemone, Windflower, Anemonella Thalictroides, Rue Anemone, Aquilege, Aquilegia, Columbine, Consolida Ambigua, Delphinium Ajacis, Rocket Larkspur, Delphinium, Nigella, Peace Lily, Spathe Flower, Spathiphyllum, Arum Lily, Calla, Calla Lily, Zantedeschia Aethiopica, Sandwort, Garden Pink, Pink, Babies'-breath, Baby's Breath, Gypsophila Paniculata, Catchfly, Lychnis, Moehringia Lateriflora, Sandwort, Moehringia Mucosa, Sandwort, Bouncing Bess, Bouncing Bet, Hedge Pink, Saponaria Officinalis, Soapwort, Campion, Catchfly, Silene, Cow Cockle, Cowherb, Saponaria Vaccaria, Vaccaria Hispanica, Vaccaria Pyramidata, Fig Marigold, Pebble Plant, Bachelor's Button, Globe Amaranth, Gomphrena Globosa, Nyctaginia Capitata, Scarlet Musk Flower, Umbrellawort, Four O'clock, Portulaca, Carolina Spring Beauty, Claytonia Caroliniana, Clatonia Lanceolata, Spring Beauty, Claytonia Virginica, Virginia Spring Beauty, Cheiranthus Cheiri, Erysimum Cheiri, Wallflower, Prairie Rocket, Wallflower, Prairie Rocket, Cheiranthus Asperus, Erysimum Arkansanum, Erysimum Asperum, Western Wall Flower, Heliophila, Damask Violet, Dame's Violet, Hesperis Matronalis, Sweet Rocket, Candytuft, Lobularia Maritima, Sweet Alison, Sweet Alyssum, Malcolm Stock, Stock, Malcolmia Maritima, Virginia Stock, Virginian Stock, Gillyflower, Stock, Schizopetalon, Schizopetalon Walkeri, Poppy, Corydalis, Glaucium Flavum, Horn Poppy, Horned Poppy, Sea Poppy, Yellow Horned Poppy, Composite, Composite Plant, Ageratum, Amberboa Moschata, Centaurea Moschata, Sweet Sultan, Ammobium, African Daisy, Arctotis Stoechadifolia, Arctotis Venusta, Blue-eyed African Daisy, Aster, Daisy, Brachycome Iberidifolia, Swan River Daisy, Calendula, Callistephus Chinensis, China Aster, Catananche, Bachelor's Button, Bluebottle, Centaurea Cyanus, Cornflower, Centaurea Imperialis, Sweet Sultan, Chrysanthemum, Ageratum, Conoclinium Coelestinum, Eupatorium Coelestinum, Mist-flower, Mistflower, Cosmea, Cosmos, Brass Buttons, Cotula Coronopifolia, Billy Buttons, Dahlia, Dahlia Pinnata, Cape Marigold, Star Of The Veldt, Sun Marigold, Coneflower, Blue Daisy, Blue Marguerite, Felicia Amelloides, Felicia Bergeriana, Kingfisher Daisy, Cotton Rose, Cudweed, Filago, Gazania, African Daisy, Helianthus, Sunflower, Layia Platyglossa, Tidy Tips, Tidytips, Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum, Leucanthemum Vulgare, Marguerite, Moon Daisy, Ox-eyed Daisy, Oxeye Daisy, White Daisy, Lindheimera Texana, Texas Star, African Daisy, Lonas Annua, Lonas Inodora, Yellow Ageratum, Cineraria, Pericallis Cruenta, Senecio Cruentus, Florest's Cineraria, Pericallis Hybrida, Coneflower, White-topped Aster, Cornflower Aster, Stokes' Aster, Stokesia Laevis, Marigold, Chrysanthemum Coccineum, Painted Daisy, Pyrethrum, Tanacetum Coccineum, Mexican Sunflower, Tithonia, Easter Daisy, Stemless Daisy, Townsendia Exscapa, Ursinia, Xeranthemum, Old Maid, Old Maid Flower, Zinnia, Blazing Star, Mentzelia Laevicaulis, Mentzelia Livicaulis, Bartonia, Mentzelia Lindleyi, Orchid, Orchidaceous Plant, Cyclamen, Cyclamen Purpurascens, Cyclamen Hederifolium, Cyclamen Neopolitanum, Sowbread, Shortia, Centaury, Gentian, Begonia, Sparaxis Tricolor, Wandflower, Bessera Elegans, Coral Drops, Christmas Bells, Bellwort, Merry Bells, Wild Oats, Polianthes Tuberosa, Tuberose, Commelina, Scabiosa, Scabious, Lithophragma Affine, Lithophragma Affinis, Tellima Affinis, Woodland Star, Achimenes, Hot Water Plant, Alsobia Dianthiflora, Episcia Dianthiflora, Lace-flower Vine, African Violet, Saintpaulia Ionantha, Streptocarpus, Phacelia, Scorpion Weed, Scorpionweed, Snapdragon, Calceolaria, Slipperwort, Gerardia, Butter-and-eggs, Devil's Flax, Linaria Vulgaris, Toadflax, Wild Snapdragon, Speedwell, Veronica, Browallia, Bush Violet, Petunia, Butterfly Flower, Poor Man's Orchid, Schizanthus, Verbena, Vervain, Valerian, Centranthus Ruber, French Honeysuckle, Red Valerian
Derivative terms: Flowery

2. Verb. Produce or yield flowers. "The cherry tree bloomed"
Exact synonyms: Bloom, Blossom
Generic synonyms: Develop
Specialized synonyms: Burst Forth, Effloresce
Derivative terms: Bloom, Bloom, Bloomer, Blossom, Flowering

3. Noun. Reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts.

4. Noun. The period of greatest prosperity or productivity.
Exact synonyms: Bloom, Blossom, Efflorescence, Flush, Heyday, Peak, Prime
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Specialized synonyms: Golden Age
Derivative terms: Blossom, Flush

Definition of Flower

1. n. In the popular sense, the bloom or blossom of a plant; the showy portion, usually of a different color, shape, and texture from the foliage.

2. v. i. To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers; as, this plant flowers in June.

3. v. t. To embellish with flowers; to adorn with imitated flowers; as, flowered silk.

Definition of Flower

1. Noun. A colorful, conspicuous structure associated with angiosperms, frequently scented and attracting various insects, and which may or may not be used for sexual reproduction. ¹

2. Noun. (botany) A reproductive structure in angiosperms (flowering plants), typically including sepals, petals, stamens, and ovaries; often conspicuously colourful. ¹

3. Noun. A plant that bears flowers, especially a plant that is small and lacks wood. ¹

4. Noun. (context: usually with in) Of plants, a state of bearing blooms. ¹

5. Noun. (euphemistic hypocoristic) The vulva, especially the labia majora. ¹

6. Noun. (idiomatic) The best examples or representatives of a group. ¹

7. Noun. The best state of things; the prime. ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) Flour. ¹

9. Verb. To put forth blooms. ¹

10. Verb. To reach a state of full development or great achievement. ¹

11. Noun. something that flows, such as a river ¹

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Definition of Flower

1. to put forth flowers (reproductive structures of seed-bearing plants) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Flower

1. The sexual reproductive structure of the angiosperms, typically consisting of gynoecium, androecium and perianth and the main stem bearing these parts. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Flower

flow sheet
flow variable
flow variables
flow void
flower-cup fern
flower-spray ending
flower-spray organ of Ruffini

Literary usage of Flower

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"ROBERT TANNAHILL [1774-1816] 362 JESSIE, THE flower o' DUNBLANE THE sun has gane ... in its bloom, the sweet flower o' Dunblane Sing on, thou sweet mavis, ..."

2. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1882)
"It is scarcely necessary to refer to the fact that in order for a plant to set seed it is necessary that the stigma of the flower shall be dusted with the ..."

3. Proceedings by American Pomological Society (1900)
"The flower-buds of the peach are quite prominent from about February 1st in the vicinity of Columbus, and are often one-eighth of an inch long, ..."

4. Report by New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Botanical Dept (1908)
"In the flower cluster of the tomatoes, there is a great range of variation, the extremes being the simple raceme with the flowers, and afterwards the fruits ..."

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