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Proper flower

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proper flower (Bot) one of the single florets, or corollets, in an aggregate or compound flower.
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Usage

In literature:

Jack Payson, however, failed to get the proper credit for this sudden flowering of Echo's beauty and charm.
"The Round-up" by John Murray and Marion Mills Miller
This was only one part of the gardens; the orchards proper were farther down, and the flowers nearer the house.
"After London" by Richard Jefferies
I knew that the flowers of parent trees had been properly protected from their own pollen.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
Try to find the proper place for every flower.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Not only should the child learn to exercise judgment in gathering flowers, but he should also learn how to gather them properly.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
Robert brought flowers every day in Mrs. Hilbrough's name, and Millard called to inquire as often as he thought proper.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
She became proud and erect, like a flower, putting itself forth in its proper strength.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It was artistically arranged by Mrs. Jennie H. Moore, the flowers being all scientifically labeled and properly classified.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
But there are no proper flowers in woods.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
But here is a flower, half-bird, half-plant, that I will send you in a proper cage if you care for it.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
You are the very one to make the proper disposition of light and shade, flowers, etc.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 98, December, 1865" by Various
With proper planting one can have flowers in the garden ten months of the year.
"Beautiful Gardens in America" by Louise Shelton
Each herb and flower had to be gathered at the proper time, and dried in the little attic.
"In the Days of the Guild" by Louise Lamprey
The furniture was hastily placed in proper order, the floor was strewn with flowers, and Bottiger stood on the threshold with a bouquet.
"The Countess Cosel" by Joseph J. Kraszewski
These marshes are flecked in proper season with most beautiful golden and blue and purple flowers, and fringed with handsome sedges.
"England" by Frank Fox
Vegetables bearing proper flowers, that is, having stamens and pistils, and producing seeds, which contain an embryo.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
Red geraniums, oleanders and scented orange flowers were her proper background.
"Kit Musgrave's Luck" by Harold Bindloss
With the proper amount of time, patience and perseverance, any flower can be successfully made.
"Home Occupations for Boys and Girls" by Bertha Johnston
This becomes more difficult as the flowers must be somewhat on one plane to get them in proper focus.
"Photographic Amusements, Ninth Edition" by Walter E. Woodbury and Frank R. Fraprie
If proper treatment is given, you need not be without flowers, unless you cut them all, from June to October.
"Wisconsin in Story and Song;" by Various
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In poetry:

And she was as a flower, too,
That grows its proper bloom and scent
No matter what the soil: she, who,
Born better than her place, still lent
Grace to the lowliness she knew....
"A Flower Of The Fields" by Madison Julius Cawein
THE proper way to eat a fig, in society,
Is to split it in four, holding it by the stump,
And open it, so that it is a glittering, rosy, moist, honied,
heavy-petalled four-petalled flower.
"Figs" by D H Lawrence
What is the value of knowing it,
If you are shy in showing it?--
Need of the earth unfolds the flower,
Dewy sweet at the proper hour;
And in the world of the human heart
Love is the flower's counterpart.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

They need the cold to stimulate proper flowering.
The mild weather encouraged many spring flowers to break ground, but now they are going to have to retrench and wait for the proper time to start their above-ground growth.
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