flori-, flor-, flora-, -florous

(Latin: flower; full of flowers, abounding in flowers; flora, plant life, plants of a general region or period)

1. A female given name which comes from a Latin word meaning "flowery".
2. Florence, Italian Firenze, Latin Florentia, capital of Tuscany, central Italy.

It is situated on the Arno River, about 233 km (145 mi) northwest of Rome, and it is considered to be one of the world's leading artistic and cultural centers.

Under Lorenzo de' Medici and his successors, Florence was for two centuries the golden city, with an incredible flowering of intellectual and artistic life.

Many notables flourished there, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Filippo Brunelleschi, Dante, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Galileo.

Florence’s greatest poet, Dante, harshly characterized his city’s people as tightfisted, envious, and haughty.

A touch of this severe judgment still clings to the Florentines, in whose makeup one tends to miss the exuberance and warmth associated with Italians in other towns and regions.

Perhaps the Florentines, many of whom are descendants of long lines of Florentines, are reserved in self-defense against the massive stream of tourists, several million of whom crowd the historic sections of Florence each year.

—Compiled from "Florence", Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
3. Etymology: A feminine proper name, from Latin Florentia, feminine of Florentius, literally, "blooming" from florens, florentis, florere, "to flower".

This was also the Italian city name (Roman Colonia Florentia, "flowering colony", either literal or figurative), which became Old Italian Fiorenze, and then in modern Italian Firenze.

1. Of or relating to Florence, Italy.
2. Of or relating to the style of art and architecture that flourished in Florence, Italy, during the Renaissance.
1. The time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms: "This florescence should not be confused with another fluorescence which is descriptive of the emission of electromagnetic radiation; especially, of visible light, stimulated in a substance by the absorption of incident radiation and persisting only as long as the stimulating radiation is continued."
2. Etymology: from Modern Latin florescentia, from Latin florescentem, florescens, "blooming"; and from florescere, "to begin to bloom".
A reference to a condition, time, or period of flowering.
floriated, floreated
Decorated with floral designs.
1. Any of several hybrid roses bearing numerous single or double flowers.
2. A type of rose whose flowers grow in large clusters.
3. Etymology: from modern Latin, a form of floribundus, "flowering profusely".
Something which kills or destroys flowers.
1. Relating to or involving floriculture which is the growing of flowers.
2. A reference to the cultivation and management of ornamental and; especially, flowering plants.
The cultivation or growing of flowers as a crop or of flowering and ornamental plants; especially, for decorative purposes.
Someone who cultivates flowers or flowering and ornamental plants.
florid (adjective)
1. Elaborately or excessively ornamented in wording and style or overly complicated in wording and general style: "The mayor gave a florid welcoming speech to the foreign visitor."
2. Having an unhealthily glowing pink or red complexion: "Ceri's face was florid or tinged with red after being out in the sun so long."

"Dennis wiped the sweat off his florid face and neck as he was working out in the fitness studio during the summer heat."

3. Etymology: "strikingly beautiful", from French floride, "flourishing"; from Latin floridus, "flowery, in bloom", from flos, "flower".

"When florid came into English, it was used with the literal meaning "covered with flowers". English speakers borrowed it from the Latin adjective floridus, "blooming" or "flowery" which is from the verb flor?re, "to bloom".

"Now, florid also refers to an excessive style of speech, writing, or decoration."

A state in the southeastern United States bordered by Alabama, Georgia, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico whose capital is Tallahassee.

According to one source, the State of Florida was named by the Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de León, when he "reached its shores in 1513 during the Feast of the Flowers or Pascua Florida".

Juan Ponce de León landed on the peninsula we now call Florida, on Easter Sunday, the "Feast of Flowers", in 1513 and because of the feast and the variety and abundance of flowers in the area, the Spanish florida, "flowery", and the word for Easter, pascua, were used to designate the settlement, Pascua Florida or "Flowery Easter".

—Compiled from Words: Let's Get to Their Roots;
by Rev. Augustine J. Di Blasi; William-Frederick Press; New York; 1980; page 64.
1. A native of or someone who lives in Florida.
2. Of or relating to Florida or its inhabitants.
1. A descriptive term for being in full bloom; occurring in fully developed form. 2. A reference to having a bright red color.
3. Being flowery or excessively ornate; showy; such as, the floridity of his writing.
1. With too much decoration, too ornate or flowery with details.
2. Flushed with a rosy color; ruddy.