noun Botany.
the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.
the state of flowering: The apple tree is in blossom.
verb (used without object)
Botany. to produce or yield blossoms.
to flourish; develop (often followed by into or out ): a writer of commercial jingles who blossomed out into an important composer.
(of a parachute) to open.

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

blossomless, adjective
blossomy, adjective
outblossom, verb (used with object)
reblossom, verb (used without object)
unblossomed, adjective
unblossoming, adjective

4. thrive, bloom, burgeon, sprout. Unabridged


a female given name. Unabridged
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blossom (ˈblɒsəm)
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)
3.  (of plants) to come into flower
4.  to develop or come to a promising stage: youth had blossomed into maturity
[Old English blōstm; related to Middle Low German blōsem, Latin flōs flower]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

O.E. blostm, blostma "blossom, flower," from P.Gmc. *blo-s- (cf. M.L.G. blosom, Du. bloesem, Ger. Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). This is the native word, now largely superseded
by bloom and flower. The verb is O.E. blostmian.
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Example sentences
He later blossoms into legend with the prize-winning fiction that gives the
  world the term cyberspace.
Pachinko machines came and went as quickly as cherry blossoms flower and fade.
Blossoms that open before dawn one morning fall by late afternoon.
Collect blossoms late morning when they are fully opened.
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