Definition of flower noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈflaʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊər//
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  1. 1   the coloured part of a plant from which the seed or fruit develops. Flowers usually grow at the end of a stem and last only a short time. The plant has a beautiful bright red flower. The roses are in flower early this year. The crocuses are late coming into flower. CollocationsThe living worldAnimals animals mate/​breed/​reproduce/​feed (on something) fish/​amphibians swim/​spawn (= lay eggs) birds fly/​migrate/​nest/​sing insects crawl/​fly/​bite/​sting insects/​bees/​locusts swarm bees collect/​gather nectar/​pollen spiders spin/​weave a web snakes/​lizards shed their skins bears/​hedgehogs/​frogs hibernate insect larvae grow/​develop/​pupate an egg/​a chick/​a larva hatches attract/​find/​choose a mate produce/​release eggs/​sperm lay/​fertilize/​incubate/​hatch eggs inhabit a forest/​a reef/​the coast mark/​enter/​defend (a) territory stalk/​hunt/​capture/​catch/​kill preyPlants and fungi trees/​plants grow/​bloom/​blossom/​flower a seed germinates/​sprouts leaves/​buds/​roots/​shoots appear/​develop/​form flower buds swell/​open a fungus grows/​spreads/​colonizes something pollinate/​fertilize a flower/​plant produce/​release/​spread/​disperse pollen/​seeds/​spores produce/​bear fruit develop/​grow/​form roots/​shoots/​leaves provide/​supply/​absorb/​extract/​release nutrients perform/​increase/​reduce photosynthesisBacteria and viruses bacteria/​microbes/​viruses grow/​spread/​multiply bacteria/​microbes live/​thrive in/​on something bacteria/​microbes/​viruses evolve/​colonize something/​cause disease bacteria break something down/​convert something (into something) a virus enters/​invades something/​the body a virus mutates/​evolves/​replicates (itself) be infected with/​contaminated with/​exposed to a new strain of a virus/​drug-resistant bacteria contain/​carry/​harbour (especially US English) harbor bacteria/​a virus kill/​destroy/​eliminate harmful/​deadly bacteria See related entries: Plants
  2. 2  a plant grown for the beauty of its flowers a garden full of flowers a flower garden/show
  3. 3  a flower with its stem that has been picked as a decoration I picked some flowers. a bunch of flowers a flower arrangement see also bouquet
  4. Word OriginMiddle English flour, from Old French flour, flor, from Latin flos, flor-. The original spelling was no longer in use by the late 17th cent. except in its specialized sense ‘ground grain’ (see flour).Extra examples He stopped to smell the flowers. He took her flowers and chocolates. I ordered flowers online for her birthday. I sent him flowers to apologize. I’m learning flower arranging. If the winter weather is mild, plants may come into flower too early. It has deep pink scented flowers. It was June and the roses were in flower. It was the first year that the cactus had produced flowers. The alleys were adorned with banks of flowers. The bush was absolutely covered in flowers. The flowers are pollinated by insects. The flowers were still tightly closed. The forest floor was a carpet of wild flowers. The park will have cherries in full flower this month. The spring flowers were just coming out. They sell a few pot plants, but they mainly sell cut flowers. What beautiful flowers! What lovely flowers! What time of year do daffodils flower?Idioms
    the flower of something
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    (literary) the finest or best part of something They were cut down in the flower of their youth.
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