|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|1.||a. a bloom or blossom on a plant|
|b. a plant that bears blooms or blossoms|
|2.||the reproductive structure of angiosperm plants, consisting normally of stamens and carpels surrounded by petals and sepals all borne on the receptacle (one or more of these structures may be absent). In some plants it is conspicuous and brightly coloured and attracts insects or other animals for pollinationRelated: floral, antho-|
|3.||any similar reproductive structure in other plants|
|4.||the prime; peak: in the flower of his youth|
|5.||the choice or finest product, part, or representative: the flower of the young men|
|6.||a decoration or embellishment|
|7.||printing a type ornament, used with others in borders, chapter headings, etc|
|8.||Also called: fleuron an embellishment or ornamental symbol depicting a flower|
|9.||(plural) fine powder, usually produced by sublimation: flowers of sulphur|
|10.||(intr) to produce flowers; bloom|
|11.||(intr) to reach full growth or maturity|
|12.||(tr) to deck or decorate with flowers or floral designs|
|Related: floral, antho-|
|[C13: from Old French flor, from Latin flōs; see |
flowers flow·ers (flou'ərz)
A fine powder produced by condensation or sublimation of a compound.
|flower (flou'ər) Pronunciation Key
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The reproductive structure of the seed-bearing plants known as angiosperms. A flower may contain up to four whorls or arrangements of parts: carpels, stamens, petals, and sepals. The female reproductive organs consist of one or more carpels. Each carpel includes an ovary, style, and stigma. A single carpel or a group of fused carpels is sometimes called a pistil. The male reproductive parts are the stamens, made up of a filament and anther. The reproductive organs may be enclosed in an inner whorl of petals and an outer whorl of sepals. Flowers first appeared over 120 million years ago and have evolved a great diversity of forms and coloration in response to the agents that pollinate them. Some flowers produce nectar to attract animal pollinators, and these flowers are often highly adapted to specific groups of pollinators. Flowers pollinated by moths, such as species of jasmine and nicotiana, are often pale and fragrant in order to be found in the evening, while those pollinated by birds, such as fuschias, are frequently red and odorless, since birds have good vision but a less developed sense of smell. Wind-pollinated flowers, such as those of oak trees or grass, are usually drab and inconspicuous. See Note at pollination.
Very few species of flowers are mentioned in the Bible although they abounded in Palestine. It has been calculated that in Western Syria and Palestine from two thousand to two thousand five hundred plants are found, of which about five hundred probably are British wild-flowers. Their beauty is often alluded to (Cant. 2:12; Matt. 6:28). They are referred to as affording an emblem of the transitory nature of human life (Job 14:2; Ps. 103:15; Isa. 28:1; 40:6; James 1:10). Gardens containing flowers and fragrant herbs are spoken of (Cant. 4:16; 6:2).