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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n floret a diminutive flower (especially one that is part of a composite flower)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Floret A foil; a blunt sword used in fencing.
    • Floret (Bot) A little flower; one of the numerous little flowers which compose the head or anthodium in such flowers as the daisy, thistle, and dandelion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n floret A small flower in a cluster or in a compact inflorescence, as in the so-called compound flower of the Compositæ, or in the spikelet of grasses.
    • n floret A fencing-sword with a button on the point; a foil.
    • n floret In silk-manuf., a yarn or floss spun from the first and purest of the waste, and of higher quality than the noil yarn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Floret (bot.) the flowers of any small and closely crowded inflorescence which resembles at first sight a single flower—e.g. composites, teasels, grasses, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. florete, F. fleurette, dim. of OF. lor, F. fleur,. See Flower, and cf. Floweret, 3d Ferret
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Flora, the goddess of flowers.


In literature:

White meadow-sweet lifting its tiny florets, and black-flowered sedges.
"The Pageant of Summer" by Richard Jefferies
Presently a perfume guided him to a certain mossy corner where pale sweet florets nestled amid their leaves.
"Our Friend the Charlatan" by George Gissing
The disk florets mostly contain both stamens and pistil, while the ray florets in one series are all male.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
The operation requires to be performed two or three successive days, as the florets do not expand together.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
See what a rich golden yellow the little florets of the blossom are.
"Wildflowers of the Farm" by Arthur Owens Cooke
Frequently the carrot has one central maroon colored floret.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891" by Various
Each one has a single ray of shining white florets, narrow and separate.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Compositae, outer and inner florets of, 144.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
On this slender axis are developed two florets, more or less imperfect in their structure.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
The blossoms vary in colour, towards autumn the edge of the florets become paler.
"The Botanical Magazine Vol. 7" by William Curtis
Nature is slyly freakish at times, and in this instance she changed the individual flowers into ray florets.
"Making a Garden of Perennials" by W. C. Egan
The Compositae bear what are called double flowers by the abnormal development of the corolla of their central florets.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Your friendship with the Escobars broke up very suddenly; and you never see Floret and Quintara with his borrowed French airs.
"The Bright Shawl" by Joseph Hergesheimer
She picked and nibbled florets of clover, her eyes far away.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
In the capitula of Compositae we sometimes find the florets converted into green leaves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Florets equal in number to the leaves of the calyx.
"Lachesis Lapponica" by Carl von Linné
A single one of these florets, Fig.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 648, June 2, 1888." by Various
Earwigs are very destructive, eating out the young buds and florets.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9" by Various
Set at regular intervals on a slender brown stem, it bore clusters of glossy green foliage and drooping florets and buds.
"The Fortunate Isles" by Mary Stuart Boyd
Thus, as we shall see in the next Essay a single floret of the daisy is homologous with the whole flower of the buttercup.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, October 1879" by Various

In poetry:

The scillas show their frosty blue;
The primulas look up and nod,
Their rosy florets scattering dew;
The avenue
Is lit with almond sprays a-bud
Like Aaron's mystic rod.
"Leaf-Time" by David Gow

In news:

2 servings 2 large potatoes 2 cups broccoli florets 1 can 100% all-natural chicken broth 1 cup onion, sliced 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced 2 TBS.
The sausage, greens and paprika give it heat, and the cauliflower florets give it crunch.
Each floret is itself a tiny flower.
Dennis Foy 's loyal fans flock to his new d'floret Restaurant.
10 broccoli florets, poached with stem on.
3 cups fresh broccoli florets (1 to 1 1/2 inch).
1 head of cauliflower, cored and cut into 2-inch florets.
1 head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into florets.
With a refrigerator full of just picked Michigan vegetables, I plucked florets from broccoli and caulifl ower and cooked them with some rigatoni pasta.
I often add broccoli florets, summer squash, or green beans, cut into bite-size pieces, to the mix.
Mash cauliflower florets with potatoes for a unique side dish.
1 1/2 pounds cauliflower, separated into small florets.
1 head cauliflower (about 1 pound) cut into large florets.
Tiny cars gleam a few hundred feet below and trees look like broccoli florets.
Steamed broccoli florets are sprinkled with a dash of red pepper for a simple side dish.

In science:

More precisely this result is due to Floret-Matos for the complex case and due to D. P´erez-Garc´ıa for the general case.
Some remarks on absolutely summing multilinear operators
Floret, Tensor norms and operator ideals, North-Holland (1993).
Coincidence results for summing multilinear mappings
Floret, Tensor Norms and Operator Ideals, North-Holland Math.
Extension and lifting of operators and polynomials