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or wild flower

[wahyld-flou-er] /ˈwaɪldˌflaʊ ər/
the flower of a plant that normally grows in fields, forests, etc., without deliberate cultivation.
the plant itself.
Origin of wildflower
1790-1800; wild + flower Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nan Gerard was with me all day yesterday; she was as sweet and shy as a wild flower.

    Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • Sniff the scent out of a wild flower, and—perhaps—throw it away?

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • That is true; but heath, or heather as it is more frequently called, is a wild flower, and one of the most beautiful that grows.

  • Others, then, are desirous of claiming this wild flower for their own.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • We had what we choose to call the Dorcas flower show yesterday, and we gave, as usual, prizes for wild flower bouquets.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 John Ruskin
  • I even saw a wild flower—an early buttercup, not an inch high—in bloom.

  • And she was as shy and beautiful as a wild flower and as unspoiled.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • Somehow she had found her way to the desert island—or did she spring up there like a wild flower?

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • Every spring each farmer entering the city plucks a wild flower, and puts it in the basket.

  • A sweet aroma of feminine health breathed from her body, bosom, hair—a tumbly black mass—as perfume breathes from a wild flower.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
British Dictionary definitions for wild flower

wild flower

Also wildflower. any flowering plant that grows in an uncultivated state
the flower of such a plant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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