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n. pl. an·the·ses (-sēz)
The period during which a flower is fully open and functional.

[Greek anthēsis, flowering, from anthein, to bloom, from anthos, flower.]


(Botany) the time when a flower becomes sexually functional
[C19: via New Latin from Greek: full bloom, from anthein to bloom, from anthos flower]


(ænˈθi sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
the period of blooming in flowers, esp. the maturing of the stamens.
[1825–35; < New Latin < Greek ánthēsis bloom =anthē-, variant s. of antheîn to bloom + -sis -sis]


full bloom of a flower.
See also: Flowers
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Noun1.anthesis - the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossomsanthesis - the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"