[flawr-it, flohr-]
a small flower.
Botany. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy.
one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower.
Also, florette [flaw-ret, floh-] . spun silk obtained from floss.
Printing. flower ( def 6 ).

1350–1400; Middle English flouret < Old French florete, diminutive of flor flower; see -et

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floret (ˈflɔːrɪt)
a small flower, esp one of many making up the head of a composite flower
[C17: from Old French florete a little flower, from florflower]

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Word Origin & History

1583, from O.Fr. florete, dim. of flor "flower," from L. flora (q.v.).
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floret   (flôr'ĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
A small or reduced flower, especially one that is part of a larger inflorescence, such as those of the grasses and plants of the composite family.
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Example sentences
Once primary infection has occurred, the disease can spread from floret to floret by mycelial growth through the spike structure.
Each ray floret has one yellow petal and surrounds the central disk.
The spikelets consist of two glumes which are longer than and enclose a single floret.
The lemma surface of the fertile floret is smooth and shiny.
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