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bloom 1

a. The flower of a plant.
b. Something resembling the flower of a plant: "Her hair was caught all to one side in a great bloom of frizz" (Anne Tyler).
a. The condition of being in flower: a rose in full bloom.
b. A condition or time of vigor and beauty; prime: "the radiant bloom of Greek genius" (Edith Hamilton).
3. A fresh, rosy complexion: "She was short, plump, and fair, with a fine bloom" (Jane Austen).
a. A waxy or powdery whitish to bluish coating on the surface of certain plant parts, as on cabbage leaves or on a plum or grape.
b. A similar coating, as on newly minted coins.
c. Grayish blotches or streaks on the surface of chocolate produced by the formation of cocoa butter crystals.
d. Chemistry See efflorescence.
5. Glare that is caused by a shiny object reflecting too much light into a camera.
6. A colored area on the surface of a body of water caused by large numbers of phytoplankton, especially cyanobacteria.
v. bloomed, bloom·ing, blooms
a. To bear a flower or flowers.
b. To support plant life in abundance: rains that made the yard bloom.
2. To glow; be radiant: "Our summer-gray potbellied stove bloomed rosy red during winter" (Maya Angelou).
3. To mature or flourish with youth and vigor: genius blooming under a great teacher.
4. To appear or come into being suddenly: "Her pale shoulders bloomed from the green flounces" (Erin McGraw).
1. To cause to flourish.
2. Obsolete To cause to flower.

[Middle English blom, from Old Norse blōm; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

bloom′y adj.
Synonyms: bloom1, blossom, efflorescence, florescence, flower, flush1, prime
These nouns denote a condition or time of greatest vigor and freshness: beauty in full bloom; the blossom of a great romance; the efflorescence of Russian literature; the florescence of Greek civilization; in the flower of youthful enthusiasm; in the flush of their success; the prime of life.

bloom 2

1. A bar of steel prepared for rolling.
2. A mass of wrought iron ready for further working.

[Middle English blome, lump of metal, from Old English blōma; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]


adj, bloomier or bloomiest
having a fine whitish coating on the surface, such as on the rind of a cheese


(ˈblu mi)

adj. bloom•i•er, bloom•i•est.
1. blooming; in bloom.
2. covered with bloom, as a grape.
References in classic literature ?
To my surprise she was beautiful; black thoughts had failed to make her expression repulsive, age had failed to wrinkle her satin skin or mar its bloomy freshness.
Beyond that end of our establishment which was furthest from the street, was a deserted garden, pathless, and thickly grown with the bloomy and villainous "jimpson" weed and its common friend the stately sunflower.
It was worth while to hear the croaking and hollow tones of the old lady, and the pleasant voice of Phoebe, mingling in one twisted thread of talk; and still better to contrast their figures,--so light and bloomy,--so decrepit and dusky,--with only the counter betwixt them, in one sense, but more than threescore years, in another.
It is soft and creamy, with an edible, bloomy rind (yes, it's mold.
If you want to learn more about the perfect stinker or a gooey bloomy bit of magic, enroll in its Cheese 101 class.
Bloomy Controls demonstrated its new EFT Module for TestStand, which, the company said, helps automated-test customers accelerate the process of moving functional test into production.
The product is wrapped in a white, edible bloomy rind and packaged in a rustic wooden box that is engraved with the Montchevre logo.
Bloomy And Delicate Is #RamiKadi Floral Embroidered Gown.
Aim for major matchiness by hitting your lips and your cheeks with the same bloomy hue.
McGrath speaks about washed-rind cheeses and bloomy rind whites with sophisticated characteristics: velvety textures, nutty flavors, and buttery finishes, as though it were a wine tasting.
BLOOMY RIND A soft coating of penicillium mould on cheeses such as brie.