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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
flower (noun)
1.
a) the part of a seed plant that normally bears reproductive organs - blossom inflorescence
b) a shoot of the sporophyte of a higher plant that is modified for reproduction and consists of a shortened axis bearing modified leaves , especially one of a seed plant differentiated into a calyx, corolla, stamens, and carpels
c) a plant cultivated for its blossoms
2.
a) the best part or example - the flower of our youth
b) the finest most vigorous period
c) a state of blooming or flourishing - in full flower
3.
a finely divided powder produced especially by condensation or sublimation - flowers of sulfur
flower (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
a) - develop flowered into young womanhood
b) - flourish
2.
transitive verb
to produce - flowers blossom
1.
to cause to bear flowers
2.
to decorate with flowers or floral designs
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
flower (noun)
1.
the usually showy plant part that produces seeds
SYNONIMS:
bloom, blossom
RELATED WORDS:
bud, floret, floweret ( flowerette); bouquet, nosegay, posy; arrangement, boutonniere, corsage, garland, lei, spray, wreath
flower (noun)
2.
a state or time of great activity, thriving, or achievement
SYNONIMS:
blossom, florescence, floruit, flower, flush, heyday, high noon, prime, salad days, springtime
RELATED WORDS:
autumn, Indian summer; blooming, blossoming, efflorescence, flowering; acme, apex, climax, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, zenith; glory, grandeur, splendor; belle epoque ( belle époque), golden age, silver age; comeback, recovery, revivial
NEAR ANTONYMS:
decay, decline, downfall; bottom, nadir; shriveling ( shrivelling), wilting, withering
flower (noun)
3.
individuals carefully selected as being the best of a class
SYNONIMS:
A-list, aristocracy, best, choice, corps d'elite, cream, crème de la crème, elect, fat, flower, illuminati, pick, pink, pride, priesthood, prime, royalty, upper crust
RELATED WORDS:
establishment, gentry, nobility, quality, society, top, top drawer, upper class; caviar ( caviare); who's who
NEAR ANTONYMS:
commoners, herd, hoi polloi, masses, millions, mob, multitude, rank and file, unwashed
flower (verb)
to produce flowers
SYNONIMS:
blossom, blow, burgeon ( bourgeon), effloresce, flower, unfold
RELATED WORDS:
leaf, leave; bud; open
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dry up, fade, shrivel, wilt, wither; die, drop, expire, perish
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