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noun 
  1. (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.
  1. (vulgar, hypocoristic) The vulva, especially the labia majora.
  2. An inflorescence that resembles a flower, but actually contains many small florets, such as a sunflower.
  3. A plant that bears flowers.
We transplanted the flowers to a larger pot.
  1. (context, usually with in) Of plants, a state of bearing blooms.
The dogwoods are in this week.
  1. (idiomatic) The best examples or representatives of a group.
We selected the of the applicants.
  1. (idiomatic) The best state of things; the prime.
She was in the of her life.
verb 
  1. To put forth blooms.
  2. (idiomatic) To reach a state of full development or great achievement.
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
  • (term, , bhlo-, to blossom, flourish), extended form of
  • (term, , bhel-, to thrive, bloom).



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