flori-, flor-, flora-, -florous

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

flourish (s), flourishes (pl)
1. A showy gesture or a dramatic or fancy way of doing something: "The actor came on the stage with a flourish."
2. Something which is added as a detail or a decoration: "The author's style is simple and clear; without any unnecessary flourishes."
3. A sudden smooth movement which is likely to be noticed: "With a flourish of his pen, the President signed the bill into law."
4. A short lively tune played on brass instruments: "The band entered the stadium with a flourish of trumpets."
flourish (verb), flourishes; flourished, flourishing
1. To grow well or luxuriantly; to thrive well: The flowers flourished beautifully in Ned's and Raphael's back yard.
2. To be strong and healthy or to grow well; especially, because conditions are right.
3. To sustain continuous steady strong growth: There are those who believe that the economy is flourishing more and more in China.
4. To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence: Henry was a novelist who flourished by writing many stories for books.
5. Etymology: "to blossom, grow", from Old French floriss-, stem of florir, "blossom, flower, bloom, flourish", from Latin florere, "to bloom, to blossom, to flower"; figuratively "to flourish, be prosperous", is from flos, "a flower".
flourishing (adjective), more flourishing, most flourishing
1. A successful and profitable enterprise or occupation: Ted had a flourishing restaurant which turned out to be quite successful as a result of his special management and dedicated cooks, waiters, and waitresses.
2. Relating to that which is growing well: Jack had flourishing crops this year on his farm because of the good weather and his agricultural skills.
Referring to growing in skill and being talented.
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flower (s) (noun), flowers (pl)
1. A plant that is cultivated or appreciated for its blossoms.
2. The colored part of a plant from which the plant’s fruit develops and which is often made up of many petals.
3. Blossoms and their stems that have been removed from plants; such as, a bunch or bouquet of flowers: "He gave his wife a big bunch of flowers in celebration of their wedding anniversary."
flower of something
The flower of something usually refers to the best part or best example of something: "So many men were killed in the flower of their youth during the battle."
flowery, flowerier, floweriest (adjective forms)
1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of flowers: "She used a flowery perfume."
2. An area abounding in or covered with flowers.
3. Full of ornate or grandiloquent expressions or highly embellished: "She made a flowery speech during the hundredth anniversary of the of the city."
Having flowers arranged in pairs.
grandiflora (s) (noun), grandifloras (pl)
Any of several plant hybrids distinguished by large showy flowers often seen among petunias, baby's breath, or roses: The plant nursery promised to call Mary when they got a new order of grandiflora for her garden, which would contrast with the dark green of the grass and hedges.
Plant traces of an area that are found in ancient sediments such as sandstone, shale, or limestone.
in flower
When plants are in flower, the blossoms are growing on them: "The garden looked beautiful with all of the tulips that were in flower.
1. A group of flowers that grow on the same main stalk.
2. A group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches.
Cluster of flowers on one or a series of branches, which together make a large showy blossom.

Categories depend on the arrangement of flowers on an elongated main axis (peduncle) or on sub-branches from the main axis, and on the timing and position of flowering.

littoral fauna and flora (s) (noun, littoral faunas and floras (pl)
Animals and plants inhabiting the sea-shore and the shallow sea near the shore.
1. Plants that are large enough to be seen with the naked eye.
2. Widely distributed flora.
3. The flora of a macrohabitat.
A reference to plants, including flowers, that are large enough to be seen with normal vision.