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[muhl-tuh-flawr-uh, -flohr-uh] /ˌmʌl təˈflɔr ə, -ˈfloʊr ə/
any of several plant varieties or hybrids characterized by many single, relatively small flowers, as certain kinds of petunias or roses.
Origin of multiflora
1820-30; < New Latin, a typical specific epithet of flowering plants; see multiflora rose Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He drew nearer to the balcony, laying his hand upon the multiflora rose creeper.

  • multiflora has been entirely discarded as a stock by English and Irish growers.

    Making a Rose Garden Henry H. Saylor
  • Congesta is a tall grower with purple-blue flowers; and other tall species with dark flowers are multiflora and californica.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • There is also the malati china (Nyctanthes multiflora); the elegant bunga malati susun (Nyctanthes acuminata).

    The History of Sumatra William Marsden
Word Origin and History for multiflora

1829, from Latin multiflora (rosa), from fem. of multiflorus, from multi- (see multi-) + flor-, stem of flos (see florid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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