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Cactus flowers

Etymology

From Middle English flour (flower, best of anything) < Old French flor < Latin accusative flōrem < nominative flōs < Proto-Indo-European base *bhlo- (to blossom, flourish), extended form of *bhel- (to thrive, bloom).

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flower

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  1. (botany) A reproductive structure in angiosperms (flowering plants), typically including sepals, petals, stamens, and ovaries; often conspicuously colourful.
    1894, H. G. Wells, The Flowering of the Strange Orchid
    You know, Darwin studied their fertilisation, and showed that the whole structure of an ordinary orchid flower was contrived in order that moths might carry the pollen from plant to plant.
  2. (vulgar, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The vulva, especially the labia majora.
  3. An inflorescence that resembles a flower, but actually contains many small florets, such as a sunflower.
  4. A plant that bears flowers.
    We transplanted the flowers to a larger pot.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Of plants, a state of bearing blooms.
    The dogwoods are in flower this week.
  6. (idiomatic) The best examples or representatives of a group.
    We selected the flower of the applicants.
  7. (idiomatic) The best state of things; the prime.
    She was in the flower of her life.

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to flower

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-

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-

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-

to flower (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To put forth blooms.
  2. (idiomatic) To reach a state of full development or great achievement.

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