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blossom

[blos-uh m] /ˈblɒs əm/
noun, Botany
1.
the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.
2.
the state of flowering:
The apple tree is in blossom.
verb (used without object)
3.
Botany. to produce or yield blossoms.
4.
to flourish; develop (often followed by into or out):
a writer of commercial jingles who blossomed out into an important composer.
5.
(of a parachute) to open.
Origin of blossom
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English blosme, blossem, Old English blōstm(a), blōsma flower; cognate with Middle Dutch bloesem, Middle Low German blosem, blossem; (v.) Middle English blosmen, Old English blōstmian, derivative of the noun See bloom1, blow3
Related forms
blossomless, adjective
blossomy, adjective
outblossom, verb (used with object)
reblossom, verb (used without object)
unblossomed, adjective
unblossoming, adjective
Synonyms
4. thrive, bloom, burgeon, sprout.

Blossom

[blos-uh m] /ˈblɒs əm/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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  • Besides all these things which help to make Lotus blossom happy, she is dressed comfortably.

    Our Little Japanese Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • This was no soil for kindliness and affection to blossom in.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Then let your own true life portray His beauty, and blossom day by day With something of his grace.

  • I also have in blossom an Abutilon and three Obconica Primulas.

  • The early honeysuckle had begun to blossom on the south side, and the violet beds were a solid mass of gorgeous blue.

    The Southerner Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for blossom

blossom

/ˈblɒsəm/
noun
1.
the flower or flowers of a plant, esp conspicuous flowers producing edible fruit
2.
the time or period of flowering (esp in the phrases in blossom, in full blossom)
verb (intransitive)
3.
(of plants) to come into flower
4.
to develop or come to a promising stage: youth had blossomed into maturity
Derived Forms
blossoming, noun, adjective
blossomless, adjective
blossomy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English blōstm; related to Middle Low German blōsem, Latin flōs flower
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Word Origin and History for blossom
n.

c.1200, from Old English blostm, blostma "blossom, flower, fruit," from Proto-Germanic *blo-s- (cf. Middle Low German blosom, Dutch bloesem, German Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). This is the native word, now largely superseded by bloom and flower.

v.

late 14c., from Old English blostmian, from blostma "blossom, flower" (see blossom (n.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Blossomed; blossoming.

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