(Flow"er-de-luce") n. [Corrupted fr. fleur-de-lis.] (Bot.) A genus of perennial herbs
(Iris) with swordlike leaves and large three-petaled flowers often of very gay colors, but probably white in
the plant first chosen for the royal French emblem.
There are nearly one hundred species, natives of the north temperate zone. Some of the best known
are Iris Germanica, I. Florentina, I. Persica, I. sambucina, and the American I. versicolor, I. prismatica,
(Flow"er*er) n. A plant which flowers or blossoms.
Many hybrids are profuse and persistent flowerers.Darwin.
(Flow"er*et) n. A small flower; a floret. Shak.
(Flow"er-fence`) n. (Bot.) A tropical leguminous bush (Poinciana, or Cæsalpinia, pulcherrima)
with prickly branches, and showy yellow or red flowers; so named from its having been sometimes
used for hedges in the West Indies. Baird.
(Flow"er*ful) a. Abounding with flowers. Craig.
(Flow"er-gen`tle) n. (Bot.) A species of amaranth (Amarantus melancholicus).
(Flow"er*i*ness) n. The state of being flowery.
Flowering fern, a genus of showy ferns with conspicuous bivalvular sporangia. They usually grow in
wet places. Flowering plants, plants which have stamens and pistils, and produce true seeds; phenogamous
plants; distinguished from flowerless plants. Flowering rush, a European rushlike plant with an
umbel of rosy blossoms.
(Flow"er*ing), a. (Bot.) Having conspicuous flowers; used as an epithet with many names
of plants; as, flowering ash; flowering dogwood; flowering almond, etc.
1. The act of blossoming, or the season when plants blossom; florification.
2. The act of adorning with flowers.
Flowerless plants, plants which have no true flowers, and produce no seeds; cryptogamous plants.
(Flow"er*less), a. Having no flowers.
(Flow"er*less*ness), n. State of being without flowers.
(Flow"er*pot`) n. A vessel, commonly or earthenware, for earth in which plants are grown.
1. Full of flowers; abounding with blossoms.
2. Highly embellished with figurative language; florid; as, a flowery style. Milton.
The flowery kingdom, China.
(Flow"er*y-kir`tled) a. Dressed with garlands of flowers. [Poetic & Rare] Milton.
(Flow"ing), a. That flows or for flowing (in various sense of the verb); gliding along smoothly; copious.