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  • Ball-flower
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ball-flower (Arch) An ornament resembling a ball placed in a circular flower, the petals of which form a cup round it, -- usually inserted in a hollow molding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ball-flower In architecture, an ornament resembling a ball placed in a circular flower, the three petals of which form a cup round it. This ornament is usually found inserted in a hollow molding, and is generally characteristic in England of the decorated style of the thirteenth century. Some variations of form occur, as four petals instead of three (York cathedral), and balls of different sizes and shapes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ball-flower an ornament of the decorated style of Gothic architecture, resembling a ball placed in a circular flower
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bal, Scand. böllr; cog. with Old High Ger. ballo, pallo.


In literature:

Well, the flowers have capital balls there, believe me.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
But when May came to dress for the ball in the evening, she stood long before the flowers on the table.
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
Miss Clara's elder sister had meantime gone out into the flower garden, taking with her a ball of blue yarn.
"Harper's Young People, October 26, 1880" by Various
Finally the recess decoration by the ball flower is very definite and characteristic, found, I believe, chiefly in English work.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Then all the pretty flowers come, and there is a great ball.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
One of her fashionable friends had just given a fancy ball, where the flowers alone cost a little fortune.
"The Gold Brick" by Ann S. Stephens
If she did manage to make a hit, the ball generally had to be found in the flower-beds far away on either side of the courts.
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis
It is a strong, vigorous grower, putting forth large, double flowers like a ball of snow.
"Garden Ornaments" by Mary H. Northend
Not only in the ball room itself, but in the hall, supper-room, and dressing-rooms, place flowers.
"The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness" by Florence Hartley
Oh the sense of the yellow mountain-flowers, and thorny balls, each three in one, the chestnuts throw on our path in showers!
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
Within, the ball-room, gay with flowers and draperies, with a waxed floor and many electric light in coloured globes, looked very pretty.
"The Mandarin's Fan" by Fergus Hume
The very flowers on the premises were old-fashioned; great snow-ball bushes and rows of fruit-trees predominating.
"Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life" by Ann S. Stephens
One evening when she was going to a ball he sent her an expensive bouquet of flowers.
"The Lost Heir" by G. A. Henty
The common Plane is another tree from the Orient; the flowers are green, the fruit are yellow balls which hang on the tree over winter.
"Woodcraft" by Alan Douglas
The ancient doorway is beautifully decorated with ball flowers.
"Ecclesiastical Curiosities" by Various
The flowers are greenish and minute, and are followed by tiny prickly balls.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Certain nameless little golden balls of flowers twinkle in the grass and leaves like small constellations.
"Palmetto-Leaves" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
These flowers are little yellow balls, which seem to be entirely made up of stamens.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
This is a flower which you wore in your bosom at the Yacht Club ball.
"Frivolities" by Richard Marsh
Have flowers placed in the hall, as on the days when my late master gave a ball.
"The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)" by Charles Paul de Kock

In poetry:

Then to the Harvest Ball I'll hie,
And I will wear a flower-sprigged vest;
For Maggie has nut-brown eyes,
And we will foot it with the best.
"The Widower" by Robert W Service
And they did. That is all. Grasses spring, flowers blow,
Pretty much as they did ninety-three years ago.
You may dig anywhere and you'll turn up a ball--
But not always a hero like this--and that's all.
"Caldwell Of Springfield" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Three royal weddings, scores of fancy balls, swishing gowns, tottering towers of flowers, bacchanalian buffets and cascades of Champagne.
The field scabious is a multipetaled blue--sometimes purple--ball of a flower.
But the Potters would give the ball back three plays later when Clayton Flowers intercepted Newlun.
Partly Cloudy / 78° F. EA's Lacie Flowers drives the ball in a game against Wilcox Academy.
Last week I visited the Gardens at Ball in West Chicago, IL, and spent the day photographing hundreds of gorgeous annual flowers, perennials, and shrubs.
The trees in this group have scaly bark and clusters of round, ball-shaped flowers.