follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

flower head

noun, Botany
1.
an inflorescence consisting of a dense cluster of small, stalkless flowers; capitulum.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for flower head
  • If the plant is in seed, carefully place a plastic bag around the entire flower head cluster to prevent the seeds from escaping.
  • Short inflorescence stalks emerge from the leaf axils, bearing one composite flower head and one to two leaves.
  • Whitish bracts stick out sharply from the flowers, which gives the flower head a rough, prickly feel and appearance.
  • Whitish bracts stick out sharpy from the flowers, which gives the flower head a rough, prickly feel and appearance.
  • But a teasel begins with a band of blue, lavender or purple flowers around the middle of each flower head and blooms both ways.
  • The flower head at the end of a wiry stem is cylindrical, with a fringe of rosy petals on a partly bare cone.
  • Stems may be simple and bear a single flower head, or branched and bear numerous heads.
  • Leaf texture and hairiness and flower head size are the highly variable characters.
  • Each flower head grows opposite the next on the stalk, with the top ones blooming first, then on down the stalk.
  • Each tiny flower head in prairie goldenrod has about fifteen to twenty-five flowers.
British Dictionary definitions for flower head

flower head

noun
1.
an inflorescence in which stalkless florets are crowded together at the tip of the stem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
flower head in Science
flower head  
  1. A short, dense, indeterminate inflorescence of sessile flowers, as of composite plants or clover. See more at composite family.

  2. A very dense grouping of flower buds, as in broccoli and cauliflower.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for flower head

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for flower

12
13
Scrabble Words With Friends