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[flou-er-lis] /ˈflaʊ ər lɪs/
having or producing no flowers.
Botany. having no true seeds; cryptogamic.
Origin of flowerless
1490-1500; flower + -less
Related forms
flowerlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • He separated flowering from flowerless plants, and divided the former into Dicotyledons and Monocotyledons.

  • It was comfortable, airless, flowerless, with gravy-coloured walls.

    The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
  • If ferns and other flowerless plants are to be crossed, therefore, the operation must be performed in the prothallic stage.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • The Seed ranch was dark at this time of the year, and flowerless.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Two of these six branches belong to the flowering, and four to the flowerless plants.

  • The grave is crowded by other graves, and is neglected, unfenced, and flowerless.

  • In a dim, still light we at last slowly descended out of the darker glade into a garden of grey terraces and flowerless walks.

    Henry Brocken Walter J. de la Mare
  • They could hear the ripple of the waters, and the rustle of warm winds blowing through the flowerless and fern-like forests.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • How of the herb yielding no seed,4 the fruitless, flowerless lichen of the rock?

  • The younger plants are often flowerless, with only one broad leaf, with a long leaf-stalk.

British Dictionary definitions for flowerless


designating any plant that does not produce seeds See cryptogam
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