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Flower-head

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Flower-head a compound flower in which all the florets are sessile on the receptacle
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. flour (Fr. fleur)—L. flos, floris, a flower.

Usage

In literature:

She rose abruptly, trembling from head to foot, giddy, paler still than on the morning when they walked together beneath the flower-laden trees.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Doth she rest with the flowers o'er her gentle head?
"Evenings at Donaldson Manor" by Maria J. McIntosh
On her head she wore a bonnet covered with artificial flowers, and she enveloped her hands in an enormous muff.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
They are now, (Sept. 15th) beginning to show flower; and, if the season is favorable, I expect the heads will be very fine.
"Guano" by Solon Robinson
I leaned my head against the casement, where The rose she planted wreathed its clustering flowers.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 6, June, 1864" by Various
This power of arranging wreath or crown of flowers for the head, remains to the people from classic times.
"Proserpina, Volume 1" by John Ruskin
Flowering branch with sterile and fertile heads.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
Putting a shawl over her head, she rolled the flowers in her apron from the frost, and stepped out into the brilliant day.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
Waldstricker's whip cut a cluster of wild flowers and nipped clean the stems of their upraised heads.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The late flowers hung their heads.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He is painted with a garland of flowers on his head, a pruning hook in one hand, and ripe fruits in the other.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
A beautiful crown of flowers was placed on Jessie's head, and gave new beauty to her soft and curling brown hair.
"The Apple Dumpling and Other Stories for Young Boys and Girls" by Unknown
The slender body made one think of the tall lily stem, crowned with that flower named the face and glorious head.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Thy white brow glitters; thy fair head is wreathed with flowers, O beloved!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864" by Various
Formerly, we were told, their head-dress was a wreath of flowers, which suited their dark skins, and had a very pretty effect.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He put his tremulous hand upon her head, a withered leaf upon a flower in bloom.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
He still sent flowers, but they came from his head gardener, addressed to Mrs. Leyburn.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The flower, that the bee was in, was just about as high as Rollo's head.
"Rollo's Experiments" by Jacob Abbott
The green herbs are agitated; the flowers fall, and the head of a python appears.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
Supposing I never saw a flower, and somebody should bring me a leaf of a violet, or a clover-head.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
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In poetry:

Lift thy head and thy longing sing!
None shall conquer the growing spring;
Where there is life-making power,
Time shall set free the flower.
"Oyvind's Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
She goes with her small light feet
Where flowers and woods grow free,
With her head thrown up and her hair afloat
And her sudden look for me.
"The Heath-Maid" by Ethel Clifford
She hurries by the scarlet flowers,
    She holds her dolly fast,
She sees the crested, snake-like heads—
    The danger knows at last.
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
The lark was singing up over his head,
As he went by so lithe and fleet,
And the flowers danced in white and red
At the treading of his nimble feet.
"The Ballad Of Saint Vitus" by Lord Alfred Douglas
Seeing, above dark spikes of green,
Your great bold flowers of gold and red,
I think of some young heathen queen
With blazing crown upon her head,—
"The Tulip (Caveat regina)" by Maurice Thompson
The plant took root; the beams and showers
Came kindly, and its fair head rear'd;
But lo! around its heaven of flowers
The thorns and moss of earth appear'd.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

FLOWER MOUND — Argyle left little doubt where its collective head was at after the first round of the Class 3A state football playoffs.
Exotic egret head in profile shaped flower of snow white, vibrant blues, and a sprinkle of magenta.
Women threading flowers into leis line a long verandah, sarongs in every colour strung above their heads, creating both a place of commerce and a work of art.
The 'Daffys' are up with bulging heads but no real flower yet.
POULSBO — The sun shone, the flowers were in bloom and even Peter Rabbit popped his head out of his hole for the occasion.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT, DETROIT AVENUE: A drunken man got his head stuck in a flower pot Aug 26.
Head Found In Flower Pot.
Massena dog shows off flowered head-band.
As the wheat gets closer to the flowering stage, and weather conditions remain wet, the question becomes, should we apply a fungicide to protect the wheat from head scab, and if so when.
) Lightly prune if needed for shaping after flowering, or leave the flower heads for architectural interest.
Improvements are larger flower heads and more brilliant color.
View full size Courtesy of Marci Degman I am hoping that by leaving the flower heads on my Geum 'Mrs.
Moss Haven Elementary third grader Parker Sepulvado, left, helps fourth grader Jesse Morales clip dead heads from flowers in the Moss Haven Farm garden after school.
Head straight to Trifecta, the Sugar House flower (and cool stuff) shop and get one of these.
Every morning, floral designers Robin Weiner and Alicia Tomlin head downtown to L.A.'s flower market in search of the freshest and highest quality seasonal blooms.
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