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 (flôr′ĭd, flŏr′-)
1. Flushed with rosy color; ruddy.
2. Very ornate; flowery: a florid prose style.
3. Archaic Healthy.
4. Obsolete Abounding in or covered with flowers.

[French floride, from Latin flōridus, from flōs, flōr-, flower; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

flo·rid′i·ty (flə-rĭd′ĭ-tē, flô-), flor′id·ness n.
flor′id·ly adv.
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Noun1.floridness - extravagant elaborateness; "he wrote with great flamboyance"
elaborateness, ornateness - an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
References in classic literature ?
In the hot summer light his floridness seemed heavy and bloated, and but for his erect square- shouldered walk he would have looked like an over-fed and over-dressed old man.
Her sheltered childhood, the floridness of her prose, the profound sensitivity of her nature--these combined leave her readers with a sense of unreality, as though Therese lived her life in a sort of fairyland, rather than in our own broken and chaotic world.
Typically, a book filled with this much imagery and metaphor might be a cumbersome read, yet because Bobis focuses her language primarily on food, it is easier to absorb the floridness of the prose as it flows from flavor to flavor.