(Flor"u*lent) a. [L. florulentus, fr. flos, floris, flower.] Flowery; blossoming. [Obs.] Blount.
(Flos"cu*lar) a. (Bot.) Flosculous.
(Flos`cu*la"ri*an) n. [From L. flosculus a floweret.] (Zoöl.) One of a group of stalked rotifers,
having ciliated tentacles around the lobed disk.
(Flos*cule) n. [L. flosculus, dim. of flos flower: cf. F. floscule.] (Bot.) A floret.
(Flos"cu*lous) a. (Bot.) Consisting of many gamopetalous florets.
(||Flos`-fer"ri) n.[L., flower of iron.] (Min.) A variety of aragonite, occuring in delicate white
coralloidal forms; common in beds of iron ore.
(Flosh) n. [Cf. G. flösse a trough in which tin ore is washed.] (Metallurgy) A hopper-shaped box
or nortar in which ore is placed for the action of the stamps. Knight.
(Floss) n. [It. floscio flabby, soft, fr. L. fluxus flowing, loose, slack. See Flux, n.]
1. (Bot.) The slender styles of the pistillate flowers of maize; also called silk.
2. Untwisted filaments of silk, used in embroidering.
Floss silk, silk that has been twisted, and which retains its loose and downy character. It is much used
in embroidery. Called also floxed silk. Floss thread, a kind of soft flaxen yarn or thread, used for
embroidery; called also linen floss, and floss yarn. McElrath.
(Floss), n. [Cf. G. floss a float.]
1. A small stream of water. [Eng.]
2. Fluid glass floating on iron in the puddling furnace, produced by the vitrification of oxides and earths
which are present.
Floss hole. (a) A hole at the back of a puddling furnace, at which the slags pass out. (b) The tap
hole of a melting furnace. Knight.
(Flos`si*fi*ca"tion) n. [Cf. Florification.] A flowering; florification. [R.] Craig.
(Floss"y) a. Pertaining to, made of, or resembling, floss; hence, light; downy.
(||Flo"ta) n. [Sp. See Flotilla.] A fleet; especially, a eet of Spanish ships which formerly sailed
every year from Cadiz to Vera Cruz, in Mexico, to transport to Spain the production of Spanish America.
(Flo"tage) n. [OF. flotage, F. flottage, fr. flotter to float.]
1. The state of floating.
2. That which floats on the sea or in rivers. [Written also floatage.]
(Flo"tant) a. [OF. flotant, F. flottant, p. pr. of flotter to float.] (Her.) Represented as flying or
streaming in the air; as, a banner flotant.
(Flo*ta"tion) n. [Cf. F. flottation a floating, flottaison water line, fr. flotter to float. See Flotilla.]
1. The act, process, or state of floating.