- (botany) A reproductive structure in angiosperms (flowering plants), typically including sepals, petals, stamens, and ovary, ovaries; often conspicuously colourful.
- 1894, w:H. G. Wells, H. G. Wells, s:The Flowering of the Strange Orchid, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid
- You know, Darwin studied their fertilisation, and showed that the whole structure of an ordinary orchid was contrived in order that moths might carry the pollen from plant to plant.
- (vulgar, hypocoristic) The vulva, especially the labia majora.
- An inflorescence that resembles a flower, but actually contains many small florets, such as a sunflower.
- A plant that bears flowers.
- We transplanted the flowers to a larger pot.
- (context, usually with in) Of plants, a state of bearing blooms.
- The dogwoods are in this week.
- (idiomatic) The best examples or representatives of a group.
- We selected the of the applicants.
- (idiomatic) The best state of things; the prime.
- She was in the of her life.
Etymology: From (term, flour, lang=enm, , flower, best of anything) < (term, flor) < Latin accusative (term, florem, flÅrem, lang=la) < nominative (term, flos, flÅs, lang=la, , flower) < Proto-Indo-European base
- To put forth blooms.
- (idiomatic) To reach a state of full development or great achievement.
- (term, , bhlo-, to blossom, flourish), extended form of
- (term, , bhel-, to thrive, bloom).
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