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[flawr-it, flohr-] /ˈflɔr ɪt, ˈfloʊr-/
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-] /flɔˈrɛt, floʊ-/ (Show IPA)
. spun silk obtained from floss.
Printing. flower (def 6).
Origin of floret
1350-1400; Middle English flouret < Old French florete, diminutive of flor flower; see -et Unabridged
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  • Morise and florette share in silence the emotions of the two brothers.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • Have I not, although desperately in love with florette, respected the girl?

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • My dear florette, I hope you will yet again dance with your village girls beneath the bower of vines you seem to see.

  • I shall run for florette to the house of the worthy woman where I have concealed her.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • That very evening florette became his betrothed bride, and the following Tuesday his wife.

  • florette is the last victim, reserved to close the ghastly performance.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • A girl of fifteen years—florette—is seated at the edge of the stream on the fallen trunk of an old tree.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • But how could we hear from him now, florette, any better than before?

  • Her large and gentle blue eyes, now moistened with a tear, rest upon florette, whom she contemplates with tender interest.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • Could it be that this furnished a clew to the whereabouts of florette Leteur?

British Dictionary definitions for florette


a small flower, esp one of many making up the head of a composite flower
Word Origin
C17: from Old French florete a little flower, from florflower
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Word Origin and History for florette



c.1400, flourette, from Old French florete "little flower; cheap silk material," diminutive of flor "flower," from Latin flora (see flora). Botany sense is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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florette in Science
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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