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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: flor, flour, from Latin flos

flower

1 noun
     
flow‧er1 S2 W2 [countable]
1DN a coloured or white part that a plant or tree produces before fruit or seeds:
a lovely rose bush with delicate pink flowers
fields full of beautiful wild flowers
flower
2DN a small plant that produces beautiful flowers:
He wasn't interested in growing flowers in the garden.
She bent down and picked a flower.
bunch/bouquet of flowers
The first night we met he gave me a bunch of flowers.
a beautiful flower arrangement (=flowers arranged together in an attractive way)
3

in flower

DLGHBP a plant or tree that is in flower has flowers on it:
It was May, and the apple trees were all in flower.
Roses start to come into flower in June.
4

the flower of something

literary the best part of something:
young men killed in the flower of their youth
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