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  • Children sitting under a tree with posies of flowers
    Children sitting under a tree with posies of flowers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flower produce or yield flowers "The cherry tree bloomed"
    • n flower reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
    • n flower a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
    • n flower the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Two girls, their arms full of flowers and foliage Two girls, their arms full of flowers and foliage
Flowers Flowers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one trip, a honey bee visits about 75 flowers
    • Flower A figure of speech; an ornament of style.
    • Flower (Old Chem) A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation; as, the flowers of sulphur.
    • Flower Grain pulverized; meal; flour. "The flowers of grains, mixed with water, will make a sort of glue."
    • Flower 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.
    • Flower Menstrual discharges.
    • Flower (Print) Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.
    • Flower (Bot) That part of a plant destined to produce seed, and hence including one or both of the sexual organs; an organ or combination of the organs of reproduction, whether inclosed by a circle of foliar parts or not. A complete flower consists of two essential parts, the stamens and the pistil, and two floral envelopes, the corolla and callyx. In mosses the flowers consist of a few special leaves surrounding or subtending organs called archegonia. See Blossom, and Corolla.
    • Flower The fairest, freshest, and choicest part of anything; as, the flower of an army, or of a family; the state or time of freshness and bloom; as, the flower of life, that is, youth. "The choice and flower of all things profitable the Psalms do more briefly contain.""The flower of the chivalry of all Spain.""A simple maiden in her flower Is worth a hundred coats of arms."
    • Flower To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers; as, this plant flowers in June.
    • Flower To come into the finest or fairest condition. "Their lusty and flowering age.""When flowered my youthful spring."
    • Flower To come off as flowers by sublimation. "Observations which have flowered off."
    • v. t Flower To embellish with flowers; to adorn with imitated flowers; as, flowered silk.
    • Flower To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer. "That beer did flower a little."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the wild, the poinsettia flower can reach a height of 12 feet, and have leaves that are eight inches across.
    • n flower In botany: A growth comprising the reproductive organs of a phenogamous plant and their envelops. A complete flower consists of pistil, stamens, corolla, and calyx in regular series, any one or more of which may be absent. The female organs, or those of fructification, are the ovules, which are usually inclosed within a stigma-bearing pistil or ovary. The male or fertilizing organs are the stamens, the essential part of which is the pollen-case or anther. According to the association or separation of these organs in the flower or upon the plant, flowers are bisexual (hermaphrodite or perfect), unisexual, monœcious, diœcious, etc. The corolla and calyx form the floral envelop or perianth, which may be wholly wanting, in which case the flower is said to be naked or achlamydeous; if the corolla only is absent, the flower is monochla-mydeous.
    • n flower In popular language: Any blossom or inflorescence.
    • n flower Any plant considered with reference to its blossom, or of which the blossom is the essential feature; a plant cultivated for its floral beauty.
    • n flower The best or finest of a number of persons or things, or the choice part of a thing: as, the flower of the family.
    • n flower That state or part of anything which may be likened to the flowering state of a plant; especially, the early period of life or of adult age; youthful vigor; prime: as, the flower of youth or manhood; the flower of beauty.
    • n flower A figure of speech; an ornament of style.
    • n flower In printing, a type of decorative design used in borders, or in constructed typographic head-bands or ornaments, or with an initial letter.
    • n flower Eccles., an ornament of a chasuble, consisting in gold or other embroidery of branching or floreated patterns, extending over the upper part of the back, about the shoulders, and sometimes also in front, so as to cover the chest.
    • n flower The finest part of grain pulverized. See flour.
    • n flower plural In chem., fine particles of a substance, especially when raised by fire in sublimation, and adhering to the heads of vessels in the form of a powder or mealy deposit: as, the flowers of sulphur.
    • n flower plural The menstrual flow.
    • flower To blossom; bloom; produce flowers; come into bloom or a blooming condition, literally or figuratively.
    • flower To flourish; be in a flourishing or vigorous condition.
    • flower To froth; ferment gently; mantle, as new beer.
    • flower To come as froth or cream from the surface.
    • flower Plants cultivated especially for their flowers.
    • flower To cover or embellish with flowers, or figures or imitations of flowers, as ribbons, lace, gloves, glass, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 60% of the water used by households during the summer is used for watering flowers, and lawns
    • n Flower flow′ėr a growth comprising the reproductive organs of plants: the blossom of a plant: the best of anything: the prime of life: the person or thing most distinguished: a figure of speech: ornament of style:
    • v.t Flower to adorn with figures of flowers
    • v.i Flower to blossom: to flourish
    • n Flower flow′ėr (pl.) menstrual discharge (B.)
    • ***


  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.”
  • William Blake
    “To create a little flower is the labor of ages.”
  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
    Georgia O'Keeffe
    “I hate flowers -- I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.”
  • Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    Sir P(elham) G(renville) Wodehouse
    “Flowers are happy things.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flour, OF. flour, flur, flor, F. fleur, fr. L. flos, floris,. Cf. Blossom Effloresce Floret Florid Florin Flour Flourish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. flour (Fr. fleur)—L. flos, floris, a flower.


In literature:

If the views here advocated are correct, it follows that the original flowers were small and green, as wind-fertilised flowers are even now.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
There is a pure white variety which is very beautiful, but it is very liable to flower so abundantly as to flower itself to death.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
But my Flower Girls must be off to bed without a single moment's further delay.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
From out the midst of the passion flowers shone a faint glint of silver.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
MALE flowers, appearance of, among female flowers in maize, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The Flower family numbered nine: Father and Mother Flower and seven children.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The view up and down these winding flower-bordered streams was lovely.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
Kindergarten room want flowers?
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
There were singing birds and flower gardens, and little children everywhere.
"Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children" by Flora J. Cooke
At flowering time all the leaves are shed.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
The cakes should be in the form of flowers and the bonbons, flower candies.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
Remember that all plants will flower for a much longer time if the flowers are kept cut and any faded ones taken off.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
She only weighed one flower.
"Indian Fairy Tales" by Anonymous
Amateurs have to do mainly with bulbs, as their chief object is to produce flowers.
"The Gladiolus" by Matthew Crawford
There are many things left for May, but nothing fairer, if as fair, as the first flower, the hepatica.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Touching a flower, it seems as if some of this were absorbed from it; it flows from the flower like its perfume.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
Orchid flowers should not be cut until they are fully mature and their tissues hardened.
"Orchids" by James O'Brien
I cannot resist giving the names of some of the flowers that make this familiar show that February and March give us.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin
The same terms are used for it as for the arrangement of the leaves of the flower in the flower-bud.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
Where those lovely flowers are scenting the air, a lovelier earthly flower is passing away.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood

In poetry:

Canst thou unregretful
Silent glide,
For no loved flower fretful,-
Flowers that die?
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
Listen again.
Salvia and hibiscus flowers.
Is it not so?
Salvia and hibiscus flowers.
"Hibiscus And Salvia Flowers" by D H Lawrence
She smiles on the flowers,
They widen and redden,
She weeps on the flowers,
They grow up and kiss her.
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The flowers came and went,
And came and left once more;
But when they came again,
Alma thought she'd go.
"Excelsior. Rev. 21:11. 19:1" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I heard the spring rain murmur
Above the roadside flower,
"The world is made forever
In melody and power.
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman
You were always afraid of a shower,
Just like a flower:
I remember you started and ran
When the rain began.
"Roses and Rue" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

What are the pretty pink flowers in the pots.
Northern Ireland's gardeners have been urged to help save the bumblebee by planting more pollinating flowers for this year's Ulster in Bloom competition.
Flowers' hot hitting buoying White Sox.
Pierzynski kept telling Tyler Flowers his two-run, go-ahead home run wasn't going to count for the Chicago White Sox if their game with the Seattle Mariners was called due to rain on Sunday.
I was driving to a job site in Burnet county from Austin when I saw the Indian Paintbrush and cactus flower.
Janice Labadie, who co-owns Strelitzia Flower Company with her husband Dean, is serving a two-year term as governor of the Sierra Nevada Region of Soroptimist International.
Varieties include pink, red, or white flowers.
Butterflyweed, or pleurisy root, is one of the more glorious flowering roadside plants in America, and here in the Ozarks it has started to bloom.
Butterflyweed, or pleurisy root, is one of the more glorious flowering roadside plants in America, and here in the Ozarks it has started to bloom.
Daniel Reardon places flowers on his son's grave in Washington, DC.
Lisa paints still life scenes, but instead of fruits and flowers, she focuses on baked goods.
The saguaro cactus flower, which has been the Arizona state flower since 1931, blooms in the months of May and June.
What's Blooming in Paradise: Calico Flower.
This pattern is on side of two large fused, floppy flower lobes.
It's the Mothers Day weekend and that means Tony wears a carnation on his lapel for the "flower" of his eyes.

In science:

I fresh fresh flower like-asp Means, ‘I like fresh flowers.’ when translated in English.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
The only snarks where al l 2-factors consist of only odd cycles are the Petersen graph, the Blanˇusa-2 snark and the Flower snarks.
Generation and Properties of Snarks
The calculations of the appropriate cooling functions for molecular hydrogen seem to be converging (Galli & Palla 1998 has done the most recent computations; see Flower et al. 2001 for a review and other references).
The First Nonlinear Structures and the Reionization History of the Universe
Flower, D. R., Pineau des Forˆets, G. (1995).
Chemical processes in star forming regions
The pitfalls of CI calculations which have deficient sets of configurations and can lead to errors were examined by Nussbaumer (1973), with the ion Fe12+ (Flower and Pineau des Forets, 1973) used as an example.
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
Traditional application for photoionization models was HII regions and planetary nebulae (Flower, 1968, 1983), but it is now apparent that photoionization is dominant in many X-ray sources as well, such as active galaxies (e. g., Figures 1 and 4).
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
Moreover the recent re-calculation and extension of collisional rates of astrophysically important molecules is of great use and deserves mention (Dubernet & Grosjean 2002; Flower 2001; Daniel et al. 2005).
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
It is worth emphasizing that the observed form of H2D+ in interstellar clouds is ortho-H2D+ and models show that the H2D+ ortho/para ratio (o/p) will change with density and is a sensitive function of the molecular hydrogen ortho/para ratio (Flower et al. 2006).
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
They open up slowly like a contour of a flower whose sidelines then gradually evolve into typical for each type of a system pitchfork bifurcation branches.
Discrete Thermodynamics of Chemical Equilibria
The original idea of considering white dwarfs to probe the neutrino electromagnetic properties is found in Sutherland, P., Ng, J. N., Flowers, E., Ruderman, M., & Inman, C. 1976, Phys.
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars
The magnitude and shape of this gradient is sensitive to the elemental abundances, especially sulfur, to the cosmic ray ionization rate, and to the efficiency of recombination reactions and electron attachment processes with PAHs and grains (Flower et al. 2007; Wakelam & Herbst 2008; Goicoechea et al. 2009).
The Horsehead nebula, a template source for interstellar physics and chemistry
As in their analysis, we apply the PDR model of Kaufman et al. (1999) and the shock model of Flower & Pineau Des Forˆets (2010).
Mid-J CO Emission From NGC 891: Microturbulent Molecular Shocks in Normal Star Forming Galaxies
We combine the Spitzer H2 observations (Table 2) with our ZEUS observations and apply the shock models of Flower & Pineau Des Forˆets (2010).
Mid-J CO Emission From NGC 891: Microturbulent Molecular Shocks in Normal Star Forming Galaxies
The energy in all H2 lines is a factor of about 8 higher than from all CO lines (Flower & Pineau Des Forˆets 2010).
Mid-J CO Emission From NGC 891: Microturbulent Molecular Shocks in Normal Star Forming Galaxies
Modeling studies of molecular clouds have been carried out recently by Millar, Bennett, & Herbst (1989), Pineau des Forˆets, Roueff, & Flower (1989), Heiles, McCullough, & Glassgold (1993), Rodgers & Millar (1996), and Timmermann (1996).
Rate Coefficients for D(1s) + H^+ <--> D^+ + H(1s) Charge Transfer and Some Astrophysical Implications