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Definition of "flower" []

  • The reproductive structure of some seed-bearing plants, characteristically having either specialized male or female organs or both male and female organs, such as stamens and a pistil, enclosed in an outer envelope of petals and sepals. (noun)
  • Such a structure having showy or colorful parts; a blossom. (noun)
  • A plant that is cultivated or appreciated for its blossoms. (noun)
  • The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower. (noun)
  • Something, such as an ornament or a figure of speech, that resembles a flower in shape, fineness, or attractiveness. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "flower" in a sentence
  • "There are two more buds growing now, so it should be in flower for quite a while - this flower is heading into its 3d week now."
  • "Dyed crass colors and sold in delis, the flower is almost universally scorned."
  • "The celosia flower is a bright, rippled crest, as seen in this speciment in a Puerto Vallarta garden."