florid

[flawr-id, flor-]
adjective
1.
reddish; ruddy; rosy: a florid complexion.
2.
flowery; excessively ornate; showy: florid writing.
3.
Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.

Origin:
1635–45; < Latin flōridus, equivalent to flōr(ēre) to bloom (see florescence) + -idus -id4

floridity [flaw-rid-i-tee, fluh-] , floridness, noun
floridly, adverb
overflorid, adjective
overfloridly, adverb
overfloridness, noun
unflorid, adjective


2. flamboyant, grandiloquent, rococo; flash, gaudy.


1. pale. 2. plain, simple, unaffected.
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florid (ˈflɒrɪd)
 
adj
1.  having a red or flushed complexion
2.  excessively ornate; flowery: florid architecture
3.  an archaic word for flowery
 
[C17: from Latin flōridus blooming]
 
flo'ridity
 
n
 
'floridness
 
n
 
'floridly
 
adv

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florid
1640s, "strikingly beautiful," from Fr. floride "flourishing," from L. floridus "flowery, blooming," from flos "flower" (see flora). Sense of "ruddy" is first recorded 1640s. Meaning "profusely adorned, as with flowers," is from 1650s.
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florid flor·id (flôr'ĭd)
adj.
Of a bright red or ruddy color. Used of certain skin lesions.


flo·rid'i·ty (flə-rĭd'ĭ-tē, flô-) or flor'id·ness n.
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Example sentences
He was tall and trim and impeccably dressed, his suits well-pressed and
  invariably accented with suspenders and florid bow ties.
Using today's contemporary speech pattern with the formal, florid dialogue
  sounds ludicrous.
All of these had a florid grandeur which could hold the attention of a hall of
  people with persuasive eloquence.
In one of the images of them in bed she is not dressed, and he's wearing some
  of that ridiculous, overly florid royal wear.
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