floret

[flawr-it, flohr-]
noun
1.
a small flower.
2.
Botany. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy.
3.
one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower.
4.
Also, florette [flaw-ret, floh-] . spun silk obtained from floss.
5.
Printing. flower ( def 6 ).

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

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floret (ˈflɔːrɪt)
 
n
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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floret
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 for florets
When cooking, the outer leaves and thick stalks are removed, leaving only the florets.
They usually have broader florets and a more loosely composed bloom.
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