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a. The reproductive structure of angiosperms, characteristically having either specialized male or female organs or both male and female organs, such as stamens and a pistil, enclosed in an outer envelope of petals and sepals.
b. Such a structure having showy or colorful parts; a blossom.
c. A flower head.
2. A plant that is cultivated or appreciated for its blossoms.
3. The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower.
4. The period of highest development or greatest vigor. See Synonyms at bloom1.
5. The highest example or best representative: the flower of our generation.
6. A natural development or outgrowth: "His attitude was simply a flower of his general good nature" (Henry James).
7. flowers Chemistry A fine powder produced by condensation or sublimation of a compound.
v. flow·ered, flow·er·ing, flow·ers
1. To produce a flower or flowers; blossom.
2. To develop naturally or fully; mature: His artistic talents flowered early.
To decorate with flowers or with a floral pattern.

[Middle English flour, from Old French flor, from Latin flōs, flōr-; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

flow′er·er n.
flow′er·less adj.


(Botany) designating any plant that does not produce seeds. See cryptogam
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.flowerless - without flower or bloom and not producing seeds; "a flowerless plant"
flowering - having a flower or bloom; "a flowering plant"
References in classic literature ?
For a house Lacking a host is but an empty thing And void of honour; a cup without its wine, A scabbard without steel to keep it straight, A flowerless garden widowed of the sun.
Half a mile farther on Father Brown was puzzled first by little labyrinths of flowerless flower-pots, covered with the low, flat, quiet-coloured plants that look less like a garden than a tessellated pavement, between weak curly paths studded with seats with curly backs.
Sienna Miller was roundly blasted for appearing on the Graham Norton show flowerless - at the end of October.
Synopsis: Mosses are small flowerless plants that usually grow in dense green clumps or mats, in damp or shady locations.
No more than a solemn waking To brevity, to the lifting and falling away of attention, swiftly, A time between times, a flowerless funeral.
Research points to a complex triangle of causes such as pesticides, a flowerless rural landscape dominated by cash crops, and the spread of parasites and diseases.
The numbers and kinds of Lepidoptera attracted to various flowering plants and their flowerless controls were compared by placing plants or no-plant controls underneath interception traps, i.
Dessert choices include a flowerless chocolate torte with fresh seasonal berries or fresh fruit tart with ricotta cream and seasonal fruits.
For instance, living beings are classified as animals and plants; they divide into groups as vertebras, inervertabres, reptiles, molluscas for animals; seedy and seedless ones, flowering and flowerless ones for plants.