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Definition of Flower

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bloom, blossom; develop, mature; cover in flowers; decorate with a floral pattern
plant blossom, bloom; sprouting; prime, climax; best part of something; state of being in bloom, flourishing
Flower Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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\flow"er\ (?), n. [oe. flour, of. flour, flur, flor, f. fleur, fr. l. flos, floris. cf. blossom, effloresce, floret, florid, florin, flour, flourish.]
1. 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.
2. (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.
note: if we examine a common flower, such for instance as a geranium, we shall find that it consists of: first, an outer envelope or calyx, sometimes tubular, sometimes consisting of separate leaves called sepals; secondly, an inner envelope or corolla, which is generally more or less colored, and which, like the calyx, is sometimes tubular, sometimes composed of separate leaves called petals; thirdly, one or more stamens, consisting of a stalk or filament and a head or anther, in which the pollen is produced; and fourthly, a pistil, which is situated in the center of the flower, and consists generally of three principal parts; one or more compartments at the base, each containing one or more seeds; the stalk or style; and the stigma, which in many familiar instances forms a small head, at the top of the style or ovary, and to which the pollen must find its way in order to fertilize the flower. lubbock.
3. 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.
4. grain pulverized; meal; flour. [obs.] the flowers of grains, mixed with water, will make a sort of glue.
5. pl. (old. chem.) a substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation; as, the flowers of sulphur.
6. a figure of speech; an ornament of style.
7. pl. (print.) ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc. savage.
8. pl. menstrual discharges. xv. 24.

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bláth (pl., bláthanna) m.
English Phonetics
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Blodeuyn = n. a flower
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WordNet 2.0

1. a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
(hypernym) angiosperm, flowering plant
(hyponym) bloomer
(derivation) bloom, blossom
2. reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
(synonym) bloom, blossom
(hypernym) reproductive structure
(hyponym) floret
(part-holonym) angiosperm, flowering plant
(part-meronym) stamen
(derivation) bloom, blossom
3. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
(synonym) prime, peak, heyday, bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flush
(hypernym) time period, period of time, period
(hyponym) golden age

1. produce or yield flowers; "The cherry tree bloomed"
(synonym) bloom, blossom
(hypernym) develop
(hyponym) effloresce, burst forth
Flower Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Flower Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Dream Dictionary
To dream of seeing flowers blooming in gardens, signifies pleasure and gain, if bright-hued and fresh; white denotes sadness. Withered and dead flowers, signify disappointments and gloomy situations.

For a young woman to receive a bouquet of mixed flowers, foretells that she will have many admirers.

To see flowers blooming in barren soil without vestage of foliage, foretells you will have some grievous experience, but your energy and cheerfulness will enable you to climb through these to prominence and happiness.

``Held in slumber's soft embrace, She enters realms of flowery grace, Where tender love and fond caress, Bids her awake to happiness.''

See Bouquet.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Dream Quotations
What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you dreamed? And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?
Dream Symbols
Love; Potted: uterus.
Flower Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Common Terms in Evolutionary Biology and Genetics
The part of an angiosperm containing the organs of reproduction (male stamen and female stigma as well as the ovary).
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Flower Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Magnoliophyta, also called angiosperms). The biological function of a flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. Flowers may facilitate outcrossing (fusion of sperm and eggs from different individuals in a population) or allow selfing (fusion of sperm and egg from the same flower). Some flowers produce diaspores without fertilization (parthenocarpy). Flowers contain sporangia and are the site where gametophytes develop. Flowers give rise to fruit and seeds. Many flowers have evolved to be attractive to animals, so as to cause them to be vectors for the transfer of pollen.

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Flower Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Flower Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Flower Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
flower; branch; a lock of hair
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Flower Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Basic Guide to ASL
The right hand, grasping an imaginary flower, holds it first against the right nostril and then against the left.